HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - NASA says it's simulating a splashdown of its Orion spacecraft, this time with crash test dummies, as it prepares to eventually send humans to Mars.
A pendulum will swing a test capsule into a pool of water at NASA's Langley facility on Thursday. Inside will be dummies in spacesuits that represent a 105-pound woman and a 220-pound man.
The agency will evaluate the effects of landing at different velocities and in various conditions. For instance, one of its parachutes could fail as it returns from space or it could hit rough seas.