The spaceship will perform the burns necessary to enter the retrograde orbit on Friday, November 25, starting at 4:52 p.m. EST. The moment is an important one for NASA as an organization, but also for the mission itself, so proper preparations – and celebrations – are in order.
As we were going through the many images the USAF recently released in a bid to find one suitable for our Photo of the Day coverage, we stumbled upon the pic we have here. It shows a Thunderbirds’ F-16 and the Moon in the background, and we found it to be the perfect way to mark the orbital insertion burn, but also the aerobatic's team successful year.
The photo is an older one, having been snapped back in early September during the KC Air Show in Gardner, Kansas, but the USAF only recently made it public.
Just like the people over at NASA, the USAF Thunderbirds had a pretty busy year, with the red, white and blue F-16s making appearances at some 70 air shows across 30 locations. The last Thunderbirds outing for the year took place in early November at Aviation Nation Air & Space Expo 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For now, we have no details on the team's schedule for 2023.