Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings off Texas

July 14, 2017
In this Thursday, July 13, 2017 photo, NASA astronaut Victor Glover signals back up to astronaut Daniel Burbank that he is OK after jumping into the Gulf of Mexico from the Orion capsule the astronauts are using to practice an emergency egress situation during recovery testing about four miles off of Galveston Island, Texas. The testing is the first time since the Apollo program that NASA has practiced such egress techniques from a capsule in open water. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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 , about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) 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 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.

In this Thursday, July 13, 2017 photo, NASA astronaut Victor Glover jumps into the Gulf of Mexico while practicing an emergency egress situation aboard the Orion capsule they are using for recovery testing about four miles off of Galveston Island, Texas. The testing is the first time since the Apollo program that NASA has practiced such egress techniques from a capsule in open water. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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coahoma3
5 / 5 (1) Jul 14, 2017
Ah NASA's dreams of Mars. I haven't seen any work on a habitat module to go with Orion. Someone correct me if you've seen it. It's not possible to go 90 days one way in a small capsule. No one could survive it. I have no problem with big dreams and I hope we make it. I just wish the media would stop saying a little capsule is a Mars capsule.
Osiris1
not rated yet Jul 15, 2017
Well said. We need to build a real ship to go planet hopping, a real system ship for our patrimony. Our manifest destiny is this Solar System and all its bodies before we think of going outward. To do that we need a good ship to explore it, not one off flyby's and fancy coffins like Orion da kerosene petro-monopoly subsidy. To kill our Mars-naughts for oil industry profit is a crime.

This ship should be built in space, preferably in high orbit at a space dock which should be built first. This should be built as an international effort. Really MUST be global effort. If we get in trouble out in the system with unexpected foreign miining missions, military bases, spy bases put there by reticulans or whoever, then ALL earthlings of whatever nation will be at risk. Make no mistake! WE ARE NOT ALONE! That covered up foreign outpost found on Ceres by our Dawn probe that popped silently out of the dark and found them!! Surprised them & we covered it up. WHY!!?
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (1) Jul 17, 2017
I haven't seen any work on a habitat module to go with Orion
Well that's because you haven't looked
https://www.nasa....habitats
https://en.wikipe...ransport

- Next time try Google yourself instead of asking people here to feed it to you.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Jul 17, 2017
It's not possible to go 90 days one way in a small capsule.

And no one is planning to. But it makes sense to only use a small capsule part of the entire mission for landing back on Earth. Why would you drop the entire ship back down when all you want to do is return the crew (and some samples)?

Also for landing on Mars: You also want a small capsule, because less weight means less fuel needed for takeoff.

It makes sense to develop the manned capsule first. That's what they are doing.

This ship should be built in space, preferably in high orbit at a space dock which should be built first.

That sounds...expensive.

WE ARE NOT ALONE! That covered up foreign outpost found on Ceres by our Dawn probe that popped silently out of the dark and found them!! Surprised them & we covered it up. WHY!!?

Reminder for today: Don't forget to take your meds.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Jul 17, 2017
That sounds...expensive
But if you read the links I provided (or actually do your own research) you would know that thats exactly how NASA plans to do it.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Jul 17, 2017
But there are no oceans on Marrs, so why do it?

The Orion capsule is supposed to become the multi-purpose standard crew capsule for all kinds of missions (Moon, Mars, getting crew to the ISS or what-have-you). For all of those missions you eventually have to come back to Earth.

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