Nasa daily picture for November 07: Recovery of the Test Orion Capsule in the Pacific Ocean

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Brilliant red and yellow sunrise over the ocean with the Orion test capsule in front of the USS Murtha ship

On Nov. 1, 2018, the USS John P. Murtha recovered the test version of the Orion capsule at sunset in the Pacific Ocean. 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. Orion will have the capability to sustain the crew during space travel, provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities, and emergency abort. 

Photo edited by NASA/Ron Beard, Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray



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