Orion is Going Home

By Attila Nagy on at

Captured on December 5th, somewhere on the infinite Pacific Ocean, this image shows the Orion crew module in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage after Navy divers recovered it following the first and flawless exploration flight test.

With the Orion crew module looking rather like an Apollo-era spacecraft but surrounded by the sci-fi lighting of the ship's interior, the whole shot conjures history and future at once. It's a stunning photograph. [Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/U.S. Navy]