Media representatives are invited to see the Orion test capsule and the hardware that will be used to recover the spacecraft after its return from space, and talk with team members involved in the recovery operations at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, at Naval Base San Diego.

NASA and the U.S. Navy are conducting tests to prepare for recovery of the agency’s Orion crew module following its first uncrewed flight atop the Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission 1, or EM-1, scheduled for 2018. This week they are at sea conducting tests aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) to demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes, procedures and hardware prior to the test.

Members of the media will be able to photograph the Orion test capsule that was used during the tests and interview members of the recovery team.

Media interested in attending must respond by Wednesday, Nov. 2, to Lt. j.g. Emily Wilkin at, 614-973-9944.

Journalists and live trucks should arrive by 9 a.m. at the Naval Base San Diego Pass and Decal Building. The Pass and Decal Building is located at the intersection of 32nd Street and Harbor Drive.

EM-1 will send Orion on a path thousands of miles beyond the moon over a course of three weeks, farther into space than human spaceflight has ever travelled before. The spacecraft will return to Earth and safely splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. The mission will advance and validate capabilities required for the Journey to Mars.

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