After a successful moon voyage, NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft helps prepares for the next (video)

The Orion spacecraft for Artemis 1, which circled the moon with mannequins and science experiments in 2022.

The next mission, Artemis 3, is scheduled to bring astronauts to the lunar surface no earlier than 2026 on SpaceX's Starship, following a journey to lunar aboard Orion.

Artemis 1's Orion, now known as the Orion Environmental Test Article, will be put through its paces at NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky "to ensure Orion is ready to protect the crew if an emergency occurs during launch," NASA officials added.

"Engineers and technicians from NASA and Lockheed Martin will subject the test article to the extreme conditions Orion may experience during a launch abort scenario," NASA stated.

"The lengthy test campaign includes simulated lightning strikes and abort-level acoustics reaching levels of more than 160 decibels, louder than a jackhammer.

It also includes deployments of the spacecraft's docking and shielding covers and its crew module uprighting system, (which are) five airbags on top of the capsule that inflate upon splashdown."

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