NASA Orion capsule safely blazes back from moon, aces test


              NASA's Orion capsule splashes down Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, to conclude a dramatic 25-day test flight, as seen from aboard the U.S.S. Portland in the Pacific off Mexico. The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024. (Mario Tama/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A U.S. Navy diver prepares to depart the U.S.S. Portland in a small vessel as part of recovery operations before NASA's Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, to conclude a dramatic 25-day test flight. The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024. (Mario Tama/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Video feeds are displayed in the U.S.S. Portland command center during recovery operations after NASA's Orion Capsule splashed down in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. NASA’s Orion capsule made a blisteringly fast return from the moon Sunday, to conclude a test flight that should clear the way for astronauts on the next lunar flyby. (Mario Tama/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Video feeds are displayed in the U.S.S. Portland command center during recovery operations after NASA's Orion Capsule splashed down in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. NASA’s Orion capsule made a blisteringly fast return from the moon Sunday, to conclude a test flight that should clear the way for astronauts on the next lunar flyby. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              NASA's Orion capsule makes its way toward the U.S.S. Portland after being successfully secured by a NASA and U.S. Navy team in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, concluding a 25-day test flight. The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              NASA's Orion capsule makes its way toward the U.S.S. Portland after being successfully secured by a NASA and U.S. Navy team in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, concluding a 25-day test flight. The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A Sasquatch Team member watches as NASA's Orion capsule makes its way towards the U.S.S. Portland after being successfully secured by a NASA and U.S. Navy team in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, concluding a 25-day test flight. The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Navy divers secure NASA's Orion capsule during recovery operations after it splashed down in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, concluding a 25-day test flight. The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024. (Mario Tama/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              This image provided by NASA shows the Orion spacecraft approaching Earth on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, as it neared the end of its three-week test flight to the moon. (NASA via AP)
            
              This image provided by NASA shows the Orion spacecraft approaching Earth on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, as it neared the end of its three-week test flight to the moon. (NASA via AP)
            
              This image provided by NASA shows the Orion spacecraft approaching Earth on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, as it neared the end of its three-week test flight to the moon. (NASA via AP)
            
              NASA's Orion spacecraft beamed back close-up photos of the moon and Earth on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The crew capsule and its test dummies will aim for a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, off the coast of San Diego after a three-week test flight, setting the stage for astronauts on the next flight in a couple years. (NASA via AP)
            
              NASA's Orion spacecraft flew past the moon on Monday, December 5, 2022. The crew capsule and its test dummies will aim for a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Sunday, December 11, 2022, off the coast of San Diego after a three-week test flight, setting the stage for astronauts on the next flight in a couple years. (NASA via AP)
NASA Orion capsule safely blazes back from moon, aces test