Selfie taken by the Orion spacecraft / Photo courtesy of NASA
Selfie taken by the Orion spacecraft / Photo courtesy of NASA

NASA’s historic mission to the Moon, Artemis 1, is now returning to Earth.

The Orion spacecraft aboard Artemis 1 made its final flyby of the Moon on December 5 and is now heading toward Earth.

But before returning, the Orion spacecraft took another surprising selfie.

In this selfie, the Orion spacecraft is behind the moon and the distant Earth looks like the moon.

And yes the red spot seen is not mars but lens flare or optical illusion.

This image is strikingly similar to the poster of the science fiction film Apollo 13.

The 1995 superhit film starred Tom Hanks in the lead role and was based on a 1970 mission to the moon that met with an accident.

Note that the Artemis 1 mission was launched in November 2022 by the largest Space Launch System rocket in NASA’s history.

During its mission, the Orion spacecraft orbited the Moon and NASA tested the spacecraft’s systems.

During its mission, the Orion spacecraft took several stunning images.

If all goes well, the spacecraft will return on December 11.

The success of the Artemis 1 mission will pave the way for future human missions to the Moon.

After Artemis 1, the Artemis 2 mission will send humans into space and is expected in 2024, although this mission will not land on the Moon.

Artemis 3 will be the mission that will send astronauts to the Moon in 2025 and will land on the South Pole there.