NASA’s Artemis program aims to bring astronauts back to the moon for the first time since the Apollo era.Agent successlast month. On Tuesday, NASA dropped the test version of the Orion spacecraft into a lot of water. It̵
After a space voyage, Orion was arranged to splash and fall into the ocean with the help of a parachute. To ensure human safety, NASA is collecting performance data in a series of water shock tests conducted at the Langley Research Center in Virginia.
The water droplets were broadcast live on NASA TV, which produced a satisfying splash. The test seems to be going well, and the capsule behaves as expected.
The 14,000-pound (6,350 kg) “Orion” test version mimics the Orion that will fly in space for future manned Artemis missions. After being released from a height of 7 feet (2 meters), the capsule fell into a million-gallon (3.8 million liter) pool called the Hydrogenated Impact Basin.
NASA said in a March statement: “The test data will help engineers better understand what Orion and its crew might encounter when they land in the Pacific.”
The space agency is planning to conduct more tests, including a drop test from a higher altitude, and a test to swing the Orion into the water from a certain angle.
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NASA has been considering an ambitious 2024 date to return astronauts to the moon through the Artemis program.
Before putting the boots on the surface of the moon, NASA plans to launch the unmanned Artemis 1 mission as early as this year, and then conduct a manned Artemis 2 mission around the moon in 2022. This will be the first time that humans have experienced ocean splashing in the Orion capsule. This should be a big journey.
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