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How NASA spacecraft are tested with water before real landings

NASA spacecraft are rigorously tested before they are sent into space.
  • NASA test their spacecraft landing modules in water
  • In this video, a replica of the Orion is tested
  • If they prove safe, then they can be used for real missions

Published on Feb 16, 2024 at 3:30PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 16, 2024 at 3:30PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray

This video shows water testing of the landing modules of NASA spacecraft, performing vital work to make sure that they are safe when they come back to earth.

In short, the NASA spacecraft water testing appears to involve swinging a replica of their craft – in this case the Orion spacecraft  – at great speed from a metal frame before sending it crashing into a massive pool of water.

Obviously, it causes a pretty big splash.

Still, if this is what it takes to keep the astronauts safe as they make their way back from space, so be it.

Better to have a splash landing than a crash landing, after all.

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