(CALIFORNIA)– The Orion capsule has returned to Earth in a successful splashdown in the Pacific.
The Orion was just one aspect of the Artemis I mission, paving the way for humanity’s path back to the moon.
Orion concluded its journey back to Earth with a trajectory called a “skip re-entry” experiencing temperatures of about 5,000 degrees.
The capsule then skipped back out of the upper reaches of the atmosphere, alleviating some of the heat, speed, and G-forces.
Once the complex splash-down process concluded, the Orion was retrieved by NASA crews, working in tandem with the Navy.
NASA plans to use this test flight to aid in launching a fully manned crew to the moon before 2030.