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USS John P. Murtha Completes Orion Spacecraft Recovery Tests

USS John P. Murtha Completes Orion Spacecraft Recovery Tests

NASA’s Recovery Team and the U.S. Navy test procedures and ground support equipment to improve recovery procedures and hardware ahead of Orion’s next flight. NASA photo.

San Antonio-class amphibious warship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) completed a series of tests practicing the recovery of an Orion spacecraft in anticipation of NASA’s return to launching astronauts into space.

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USNI News Video: Recovering NASA's Next Spacecraft at Sea

USNI News Video: Recovering NASA’s Next Spacecraft at Sea

US Navy divers assist NASA and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) recover a mock-up capsule designed to roughly simulate the size, shape, mass and center of gravity of the Orion crew module. US Navy Photo

Last week amphibious warship USS Anchorage (LPD-23) practiced recovering a mockup of the new Orion capsule NASA intends to use on future missions to deep space.

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UPDATED: U.S. Submarine Rescue Equipment, Crews Sent to Argentina; 2nd P-8A Sent to Region

UPDATED: U.S. Submarine Rescue Equipment, Crews Sent to Argentina; 2nd P-8A Sent to Region

The pressurized rescue module (PRM) is recovered from the water after performing a submarine rescue exercise with the Chilean submarine CS Simpson (SSK-21) off the coast of San Diego in 2008. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from U.S. Southern Command.

The U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command is deploying to Argentina as part of the American response to a missing submarine and its 44 sailors, U.S. Southern Command announced on Saturday. Read More

Marine Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli Selected as NASA Astronaut Candidate, Fulfilling Childhood Dream

Marine Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli Selected as NASA Astronaut Candidate, Fulfilling Childhood Dream

NASA photo.

Two decades ago, a young Jasmin Moghbeli decided she wanted to be an astronaut. She researched Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, for a school project, and she knew then that space exploration was her goal.

But by 2010, that dream had slipped a bit further away. Moghbeli was flying AH-1 Cobra missions in Afghanistan and loving her job as a Marine Corps pilot.

When NASA sought applications in 2015 for its next class of astronauts, though, Moghbeli knew it was now or never – and out of more than 18,000 applicants, she was selected to achieve her childhood dream of training to become an astronaut. Read More

Navy Successfully Completes NASA Orion Test Mission

Navy Successfully Completes NASA Orion Test Mission

Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11‐7, attach a towing bridle to the NASA Orion crew module on Dec. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11‐7, attach a towing bridle to the NASA Orion crew module on Dec. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Friday’s successful test of NASA’s reusable Orion capsule was a first for the space agency and a renewal of a greater Navy role in the space program. Read More

Navy Completes Third Round of NASA Orion Testing

Navy Completes Third Round of NASA Orion Testing

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) recovers an Orion capsule on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) recovers an Orion capsule on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

The amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) completed a third set of underway recovery tests for the NASA Orion spacecraft according to the U.S. Navy. The test was the second such effort for the ship, which returned to Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on Saturday. Read More