Media are invited to see a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, as well as the hardware that will be used to recover the spacecraft on its return from space, at 8:30 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Naval Base San Diego. Team members involved with recovery operations from NASA and the Department of Defense will be available to speak with media.

In preparation for Artemis I, NASA’s upcoming mission that will send an Orion spacecraft beyond the Moon, the agency and the U.S. Navy will conduct their final certification run for recovery of the spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean following its first uncrewed flight. This test is part of a series to demonstrate and evaluate the processes, procedures, and hardware used in recovery operations.

Media interested in attending must contact Naval Base San Diego Public Affairs at or 619-556-7359 by noon, Monday, Nov. 8. All media must arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. at Gate 6A, the commercial vehicle inspection gate, just south of the Main Gate off of Harbor Drive and 32nd Street.

Orion is America’s exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to deep space destinations, including the Moon and then on to Mars.

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