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NASA said on Wednesday that communication with the Orion spacecraft has been restored after “unexpected loss”.

In a blog post, the agency wrote that NASA’s Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, unexpectedly lost data for 47 minutes at 12:09 a.m. CST.


The loss occurred while reconfiguring the communications link between Orion and the Deep Space Network overnight.

“The reconfiguration has been successfully conducted several times over the past few days, and the team is investigating the cause of the loss of signal,” NASA wrote.

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The team resolved the problem with a grassroots reconfiguration.

NASA said, “Engineers are examining data from the incident to determine what happened, and the command and data handling officer will be downlinking data recorded on Orion during the outage to incorporate into that evaluation.” ”

Snoopy, the zero-gravity indicator for NASA's Artemis I flight test, floats into space on Nov. 20, 2022, while attached to its tether aboard the Orion spacecraft.  In this enlarged image, Snoopy stands in a custom orange spacesuit, while Orion's interior is shaded black and white for contrast.  The character's spacesuit is modeled after the suits astronauts would wear during launch and re-entry in Orion on future missions to the Moon.  NASA has shared an association with Charles M. Schulz and Snoopy since the Apollo missions, and the relationship continues under Artemis.  Snoopy was chosen as the zero-gravity symbol for the flight because the character has provided inspiration and enthusiasm for human spaceflight for more than 50 years.

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It said that there was no impact on Orion and that it remained in a healthy configuration.

NASA's new moon rocket Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Launched from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center.  This launch is the first flight test of the Artemis program.

This hiccup comes after a hydrogen leak and other delays ahead of the Space Launch System rocket’s Artemis I launch.

The rocket and the uncrewed Orion capsule were launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of November 16.