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NASA’s Orion capsule splashes down, completing the first Artemis moon mission

2022-12-12 09:08:04       source:CNBC

December 11, 2022

NASA’s Orion spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico on Sunday, completing the agency’s Artemis 1 mission.

Just under 26 days since Artemis 1 launched on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, its most powerful ever, the capsule is back. Coming into Earth’s atmosphere at a near 25,000 miles per hour, the intense reentry process marked the final step in the agency’s first lunar mission.

“This is the moment of truth for Orion,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said on the agency’s live webcast, speaking from mission control in Houston, as the capsule began reentry.

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