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Grey cone-shaped spacecraft on the surface of the water, with three orange balloons at its top. There are three grey motor boats on its way to the spacecraft, with white foam in their wake.

Orion’s Successful Splashdown Paves the Way for Artemis’ Future

On Sunday, Dec. 11, the Orion spacecraft made its fiery descent through our atmosphere and returned to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Orion’s successful return marks a major milestone and achieves a core objective for the Artemis I mission: a flight test of the Orion heat shield.

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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