The historic mission ended with a splash.
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Orion is back from the Moon.
On December 11, the capsule safely splashed down into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.
NASA’s Moon mission was the first in a series of missions aimed at bringing humans back to the lunar surface by 2025.
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Careening in from space, Orion skipped like a stone on Earth’s atmosphere to break its fall.
Here are the last few moments of Artemis I, in 11 pictures:
10. Homeward bound! Orion snapped this portrait of Earth before beginning its descent on December 11.
6. Once it got close enough to the ground, Orion deployed its three main parachutes, seen here from the capsule’s POV.
5. Here’s the view from a nearby aircraft.
Orion landed in the ocean at 9:40 am PST.
1. Safely inside the USS Portland, Orion was towed back to land where it will be analyzed by researchers preparing for Artemis II.