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NASA news: Orion spacecraft arrives in the 'Super Guppy' for Artemis Moon landing tests


The vacuum chamber will test Orion’s ability to withstand both freezing and scorching temperatures in the vacuum of space.

NASA said: “Completed in two phases inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber, testing will begin with a thermal test, which will last approximately 60 days, while Orion’s systems are powered-on under vacuum conditions that simulate the space environment.

“During this phase, the spacecraft will be subjected to extreme temperatures, ranging from -250 to 300-degrees Fahrenheit, to replicate flying in-and-out of sunlight and shadow in space.”

During a second stage of testing, the spacecraft will be subjected to an “electromagnetic interference and compatibility” test.



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