Watch NASA’s Orion Capsule Slam Into the Atmosphere at the Speed of Sound

NASA’s Artemis mission will put humanity back on the moon (we hope).

When and if it does, the humans on board will be in for an intense return trip through Earth’s atmosphere.

Just watch the footage of the mission’s unpiloted Orion capsule punching back through the envelope. It did so a year ago — at 11 kilometers per second, which is faster than the speed of sound. The video has just recently been released.

Majestic, colorful, frightening — the clip’s got it all. Sound on.

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents’ evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.