Get to the choppa! Artemis 2 moon astronauts practice splashdown with U.S. Navy (images, video)

Just off the coast of San Diego, Artemis 2 astronauts, NASA personnel and the U.S. Navy practiced splashdown operations this month for the eventual end of the agency’s forthcoming crewed moon mission, slated to lift off in September 2025.

In a callback to the Apollo moon missions of the 1960s and 1970s, the multi-day Underway Recovery Test 11 saw helicopters, rescue divers, a huge military ship and hundreds of people unite to practice getting the astronauts safely out of the water.

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