- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - NASA’s newest space vehicle, Orion, is heading to San Diego after accomplishing its first test flight and splashing down off Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

A Navy spokesman says an amphibious warship carrying the unmanned spacecraft is due to arrive at Naval Base San Diego on Monday.

Crewmembers of the USS Anchorage recovered Orion on Friday after it shot more than 3,600 miles out from Earth and returned with the capsule intact.

NASA is counting on future Orions to carry astronauts out into the solar systems, to Mars and beyond.

Once the 11-foot tall capsule arrives in San Diego, it will be offloaded from the ship, onto a truck and returned to Cape Canaveral just in time for Christmas.

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