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NASA Suspends Orion Space Capsule Test In Ocean

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In a statement Friday, the space agency said crews had trouble tying down the Orion capsule inside the well deck of the USS San Diego during Thursday's exercise. It was not clear when it would be rescheduled.

Orion is designed to carry astronauts into deep space and return to Earth by splashing down into the ocean, similar to a technique used in the 1960s and 1970s before the space shuttle era.

NASA and the Navy have been practicing for the recovery of Orion, which will make its first unmanned flight this fall.

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