Science NASA and the Navy practice space-capsule recovery

With NASA's Orion under development, the Defense Department and NASA are dusting off their old capsule-recovery playbook to achieve something they haven't done since 1975.

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During the glory days of the U.S. space program in the 1960s and '70s, astronauts returning to Earth splashed down at sea in their capsules and were picked up by the Navy in a triumphant moment that made for stirring TV. Now, NASA and the Navy are training again for the first such recovery in a generation.