NASA’s Orion Deep Space Capsule in Pictures: Top 10 Images of 2019

NASA’s Orion Deep Space Capsule in Pictures: Top 10 Images of 2019

In 2019, NASA continued to create, test and fly Orion hardware and systems needed for missions to the Moon, and ultimately, Mars. Orion will launch on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and transport crew to the Gateway in lunar orbit.

From water recovery evaluations and an ascent abort scenario test flight to crew module assembly and testing activities, progress on Orion brings the agency closer to sending the primary woman and next man to the Moon by 2024 and sustainable lunar exploration by 2028 as a part of the Artemis program. Below are the highest Orion images of 2019 that tell the story of the spacecraft’s busy year:

Open Water Tests Help Team Prepare to Recover Orion

Crew safety remains a priority with testing of systems wont to assist with returning astronauts to land. On March 7, off the coast of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, engineers tested the crew module uprighting system to make sure the capsule are often oriented right-side up once it returns from its region missions. The capsule was purposefully flipped the wrong way up within the water during the test scenario where the team of recovery personnel — who will greet Orion when it returns to Earth – successfully flipped it upright.

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