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Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington practice recovering an Orion capsule Tuesday into the well deck of the USS Arlington as part of NASA’s first key Orion stationary recovery test at Naval Station Norfolk.

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NASA, Navy practice space-capsule recovery (VIDEO)

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.

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