NASA considers crucial mission to advance the goal of preparing a vehicle to reach Mars in a manned spacecraft.
"Today, the first day of Mars era," said Charles Boden, the administrator of the US space agency. NASA has reason to celebrate: the first test of the Orion capsule with that in the not too distant future they send humans to Mars, was a success.
The spacecraft splashed down to 1.32 in the Pacific Ocean, 965 kilometers off the coast of Baja California, NASA confirmed on Twitter. "Splashdown! Orion completed a critical step in our journey to Mars," tweeted.
In this test flight, the capsule twice circled the Earth at a distance of 5,793 kilometers of the planet, about 15 times farther than the distance to the International Space Station (ISS), a distance of about four hours. It came as far as a suitable to be manned by humans in more than 40 years since the last Apollo spacecraft missions.
The successful re-entry to Earth, were key parachutes.
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