NASA's Orion spacecraft completes lunar flyby

STORY: NASA’s Orion spacecraft has completed its lunar flyby

It got as close as 81 miles above the lunar surface

and at one point traveled as fast as 5,000 miles per hour

The spacecraft is set to fly 40,000 miles past the moon before returning to Earth

The crewless voyage is part of NASA’s Artemis program

which aims to get astronauts back on the moon as early as 2025

and one day, to Mars

The Orion capsule is expected to splash down at sea on Dec. 11