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(NASA)

Trial by Water

NASA tests the seaworthiness of its new moonship.

Quarter-Scale Model

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(Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division)

Next, a quarter-scale model was developed by a team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), and taken to Carderock for testing.

The quarter-scale experiment had two goals. “The first was to determine the optimum towing configuration of the capsule,” said Carrico. “We also looked at the equipment that would be installed post-splashdown,” such as a sea anchor and flotation collar, that will help the search-and-rescue teams to retrieve the astronauts (and recover the capsule) more quickly.

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