Orion Splashdown Recovery

Anthony W. Gray2014-12-05


Washington, DC, United States

NASA's Orion spacecraft floats in the Pacific Ocean after splashdown from its first flight test in Earth orbit. An H60-S Seahawk helicopter hovers above to communicate the spacecraft's location back to the USS Anchorage. NASA, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are coordinating efforts to recover Orion and secure the spacecraft in the well deck of the USS Anchorage. Orion completed a two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, to test systems critical to crew safety, including the launch abort system, the heat shield and the parachute system. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is leading the recovery efforts.


  • Title: Orion Splashdown Recovery
  • Creator: Anthony W. Gray
  • Date Created: 2014-12-05
  • Location: USS Anchorage, San Diego, CA
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: cbabir

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