A camera on one of the Artemis 1 Orion capsule

Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft passed test flight but still hasn’t tested life support

The European-built service module that powers the Orion spacecraft during the Artemis 1 mission makes its first lunar round trip, but a key system to keep future human crews alive goes untested during the flight.

The Orion capsulewho started the second leg from its breakthrough journey on Thursday (December 1), is currently not filled with breathable air, European aerospace giant Airbus told Space.com. According to Airbus, which built Orion Service Modulethe capsule’s life support system will only be fully tested in ground-based labs before the first flight with astronauts in 2024.

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