NASA’s Orion space capsule heads to Sandusky for critical testing in future space missions

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (WJW) - NASA's Artemis I Orion spacecraft is taking a trip through Northeast Ohio before its mission around the moon.

NASA's Super Guppy aircraft delivered the space capsule Sunday at Mansfield Lahm Airport.

Tuesday, the spacecraft will travel on a flatbed trailer to NASA's Plum Brook Station.

There, it will undergo testing that will imitate the extreme conditions it will face in space.

According to NASA, that will mean putting the spacecraft in extreme temperatures, ranging from -250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

NASA says that will replicate flying in-and-out of sunlight and shadow in space.

The second phase will test the spacecraft's electronics with electromagnetic interference.

According to NASA, the testing will take about 2 weeks.

Orion will then return to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

There, NASA will begin prepping Orion for the Artemis I mission.

The goal of the mission is to enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars.

You can read more about the mission here.

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