Orion At Sea At Sunset

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Orion At Sea

The USS John P. Murtha and a test version of the Orion capsule are in view at sunset on Nov. 1, 2018, during Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) in the Pacific Ocean.

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 verify and validate procedures and hardware that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean following deep space exploration missions. Orion will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

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