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From a red sky to the red planet: NASA reveals latest tests of the Orion capsule that could one day take man to Mars

  • Latest tests saw NASA working with the US Navy to perfect recovery of the Orion capsule
  • Tests were conducted throughout the day and night in varying sea states during the operation
  • NASA hopes to use the ship's 'well deck' to recover the craft easily following deep space missions 

    NASA has revealed a stunning new image of the latest testing of the Orion capsule that could one day take man to Mars.

    The capsule is set to be blasted off next year on an unmanned mission around the moon, and will eventually be a 'workhorse' for NASA, doing everything from taking astronauts to the International Space Station to being used on deep space missions to Mars.

    The latest tests saw NASA working with the US Navy to 'validate procedures and hardware that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down following deep space exploration missions.'

    The tests used the USS John P. Murtha to recover the test version of the Orion capsule at sunset in the Pacific Ocean.

    The latest tests saw NASA working with the US Navy to 'validate procedures and hardware that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down following deep space exploration missions.'

    The Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) is one in a series of tests that the Exploration Ground Systems Recovery Team, along with the U.S. Navy, are conducting to validate procedures and hardware that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down following deep space exploration missions,' NASA said.

    NASA engineers worked alongside Sailors from the John P. Murtha, Special Boat Team 12, and Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 11 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 to test recovery operations of the Orion test article.

    Tests were conducted throughout the day and night in varying sea states.

    'John P. Murtha was tasked to assist NASA with their seventh Underway Recovery Test. Our crew executed of every assignment given to them flawlessly and their recovery-at-sea experience and dedication directly contributed to our overall mission success,' said Capt. Tony Roach, commanding officer USS John P. Murtha.

    One of the more important capabilities of the ship is the ship's ability to recover the test capsule using the ship's well deck, designed to launch and recover amphibious craft.

    NASA astronauts training for a possible mission to Mars have previously practiced water maneuvers in a mock-up Orion space capsule in the Gulf of Mexico.


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