U.S. Navy divers from USS Anchorage (LPD 23) recover the NASA Orion space capsule after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 5, 2014. The recovery operation marked the end of Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), the first orbital test flight of the Orion spacecraft.
The craft, without a crew, was launched on December 5, 2014, at 12:05 UTC (7:05 am EST), atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The mission was a four-hour, two-orbit test of the Orion crew module featuring a high apogee on the second orbit and concluding with a high-energy reentry at around 20,000 miles per hour.
Units – Expeditionary Strike Group Three, USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One, Fleet Combat Camera Pacific, and Fleet Weather Center San Diego.
Film Credits: PO1 Paul Seeber, PO1 Gary Keen, U.S. Navy Video Released On December 9, 2014
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