MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - NASA's new space capsule has landed in Ohio and is ready for its next trip.
The Orion capsule designed to carry astronauts to the moon is slated to be transported by truck across northern Ohio on Tuesday.
Its destination is NASA’s research station in Sandusky. That’s where it will undergo four months of testing to determine how it will hold up under extreme conditions.
For the next part of the journey, @NASA_Orion will hit the road for transport to Plum Brook Station to be tested in our Space Environments Complex. This animation gives you an idea of what’s beneath the protective transportation covering. pic.twitter.com/eA9hgeoxxA— NASA Glenn Research (@NASAglenn) November 25, 2019
The capsule is part of NASA’s plan to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024.
Amazing experience this morning at first light...��— Doug Wheelock (@Astro_Wheels) November 26, 2019
It’s only fitting that our #Artemis spacecraft is here in #Ohio - the “Birthplace of Aviation”.
Our dreams of flight are taking us back to the moon! Follow @NASA rising star @SpaceGirl2376 and @NASAglenn for testing updates!�� pic.twitter.com/2B1iD66lgT
A huge cargo plane dubbed Super Guppy brought the capsule to Mansfield from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday. Crews on Monday spent several hours unloading the capsule and getting it ready for the drive.
Orion’s program manager says the load was the heaviest the plane has ever flown.
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