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Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

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Nasa releases a video of the ‘Mars mission’ Orion spacecraft breaking through the earth’s atmosphere before splashing down on the Pacific Ocean.

New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth’s atmosphere during its Dec. 5 flight test.

The video begins 10 minutes before Orion’s 11:29 a.m. EST splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, just as the spacecraft was beginning to experience Earth’s atmosphere. Peak heating from the friction caused by the atmosphere rubbing against Orion’s heat shield comes less than two minutes later, and the footage shows the plasma created by the interaction change from white to yellow to lavender to magenta as the temperature increases. The video goes on to show the deployment of Orion’s parachutes and the final splash as it touches down.

 

Photo credit: AviatorVic / iW / CC BY

 

 

 

 

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