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Need a virtual vacation? NASA has you covered, thanks to a well-timed test procedure for its Orion crew capsule.
The stunning footage was captured on Nov. 1 using a camera mounted on a drone. It shows the USS John P. Murtha, which is equipped with a well deck that floods, allowing teams to float a test version of NASA's Orion capsule in and out of the deck. You can see more spectacular views in this photo gallery.
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A sunset shot of the USS John P. Murtha during recovery test procedures for NASA's Orion crew capsule, seen to the right.
That's why NASA and the U.S. Navy borrowed the ship for a multi-day mission to the Pacific Ocean in late October and early November. NASA needed to test the procedures involved in bringing in a capsule after landing.
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During the test procedures, NASA personnel, contract staff and Navy divers practiced rowing out to the capsule, encircling it with an inflatable collar and towing it back to the ship.
At night on Nov. 1,...
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