Orion parachute drop testing, 2012

Orion parachute drop testing, 2012

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Credit: NASA, James Blair/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Orion parachute drop testing. Orion crew module test model being prepared for a parachute drop test. This test will be used to study Orion's wake, a disturbance of air flow behind the spacecraft. The test is being conducted at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, USA. Developed by NASA, with a test flight taking place in 2014, the first Orion crewed launches are scheduled for around 2023. The Orion spacecraft are intended for use in Earth orbit, and for human exploration of the Moon, the asteroids and of Mars. Photographed on 24 February 2012.

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