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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Successfully Completes Final Parachute Test

13 September 2018
SPACE reports that a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully landed Wednesday “under three parachutes, completing the final parachute test to get the vehicle ready for a journey around the moon and back.” Although the data will not be fully analyzed for several weeks, “early indications are that the test was a success.” During the test, Orion “safely deployed all its parachutes in sequence” after being released from a C-17 transport aircraft at an altitude of six miles. Orion is expected to form “the backbone of NASA’s deep-space exploration plans, which include a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway space station around the moon in the next decade.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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