The Orion of Artemis I returns to the Kennedy Center for analysis


Following its mission 2.2 million kilometers beyond the Moon and back, the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission it arrived again at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on December 30.

The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 11 and was trucked across the United States from the San Diego Naval Base in California to the Kennedy Multi-Cargo Processing Facility in Florida.

Now that Orion is back at Kennedy, technicians will remove the capsule’s payloads as part of decommissioning operations, including the test dummy. ‘Commander Moonikin Fields’, the Snoopy zero gravity indicator doll and the official flight kit. Orion’s heat shield and other items will be removed for further analysis, reports NASA.

Artemis I lays the groundwork for the upcoming Space Launch System and Orion rocket mission to carry crew around the Moon on Artemis II.

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