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We’re still at least seven years away from a manned mission for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, but the space agency is already practicing for the inevitable splashdown once we (eventually) make it back from Mars.
Before NASA actually shoots a ship into space, the agency puts it through some exhaustive testing to make sure it can handle the stresses of space travel.
Along with serving as the first major test of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, the maiden voyage carried lots of extremely random stuff into space.
After being pushed a day, NASA’s first test flight of the cutting-edge new Orion spacecraft fired off this morning — and it just safely landed back on Earth after a successful mission.