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Orion passes high-altitude test - The Galveston County Daily News: Space

September 25, 2016

Orion passes high-altitude test

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 am

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER — NASA dropped an Orion mock-up capsule from 35,000 feet above the Arizona desert Wednesday in the highest-altitude spacecraft parachute test since the Apollo program.

The test demonstrated that the spacecraft can land safely with only two of its three parachutes, a key step in preparing Orion to carry humans past low Earth orbit and into space.

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