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Splashdown for Orion! NASA tests craft 'taking man to Mars'

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Splashdown for Orion! NASA tests craft 'taking man to Mars'

Splashdown for Orion! Watch as Nasa uses explosives to throw craft that could one day take man to Mars into a giant pool
Scientists used a pendulum and explosives to fling a test capsule into a pool of water at about 25 mph
11-foot craft disappeared behind a bowl-shaped splash before bouncing buoyantly against safety netting
More than 500 instruments gauged aspects of the impact, including two crash test dummies


Nasa has conducted the second to last splashdown test for its Orion spacecraft as the agency prepares to eventually send humans to Mars.

Scientists at NASA's Langley facility on Thursday used a pendulum and explosives to fling a test capsule into a pool of water at about 25 mph.

The 11-foot craft disappeared behind a bowl-shaped splash before bouncing buoyantly against safety netting.