Breaking News – NASA Joints Navy Training to Recover Orion Spacecraft
NASA and the Navy showed off a test Orion spacecraft at Naval Base San Diego Thursday after two weeks of training for its recovery after a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Navy personnel aboard the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego tested new hardware and procedures for recovering the 20,000-pound capsule.
The training is in preparation for a 2018 test flight around the moon using the first Space Launch System, a giant rocket being built for eventual flights to Mars.
The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion MPCV) is an American spacecraft intended to carry a crew of four astronauts to destinations at or beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Currently under development by NASA for launch on the Space Launch System, Orion is intended to facilitate human exploration of asteroids and of Mars and to retrieve crew or supplies from the ISS if needed.
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