NASA satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit

Around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again.

It’s been an unusual journey already for the Capstone satellite. It was launched six days ago from

New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula by the company Rocket Lab in

one of their small Electron rockets.

one of their small Electron rockets.

It will take another four months for the satellite to reach the moon

As it cruises along using minimal energy.

As it cruises along using minimal energy.