Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings off Texas

GALVESTON, Texas — NASA astronauts training for a possible mission to Mars have been practicing water maneuvers in a mock-up Orion space capsule in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Several astronauts trained Thursday in the open water, about 4 miles from Galveston, Texas.

An Orion spacecraft is being prepared at Johnson Space Center in nearby Houston. It is intended for flight with NASA’s new SLS or Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket the agency says it has ever built.

The astronauts wore bright orange training uniforms as they trained for a possible water landing, jumping into the water, using flotation devices and deploying a life raft.

Coast Guard and other NASA and military safety personnel were positioned nearby.

You can read more about NASA’s goal of sending humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s here.

 

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