Dive teams practice splashdown recovery for Artemis II

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Fresh off the heels of a successful Artemis I mission, NASA is already preparing for its 2024 Artemis II mission that will take two astronauts around the moon.


On Monday, dive teams practiced splashdown recovery operations at the Kennedy Space Center. That training will be going on for months and prepare the teams to recover the crew after splashdown.

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Crews are training both day and night and under both controlled conditions like in a turning basin and, eventually, out in the open sea.

Once the astronauts splash down after their trip around the moon, they’ll exit the Orion capsule on an inflatable front porch, where they’ll be picked up by helicopters and flown back to the recovery ship.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.