The Orion crew module, after a successful space travel, is in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage, in the Pacific Ocean, on Dec. 5, 2014.
Above: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/Released
NASA’s Orion spacecraft awaits the U.S. Navy’s USS Anchorage for a ride home. Orion launched into space on a two-orbit, 4.5-hour test flight at 7:05 am EST on Dec. 5, and safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, where a combined team from NASA, the Navy and Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin retrieved it for return to shore on board the Anchorage. It is expected to be off loaded at Naval Base San Diego on Monday.