Melissa Jones is the Landing and Recovery director for the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDO) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Currently, she works on the Orion recovery efforts for Exploration Mission 1. Her primary responsibility is leading an interagency team that will recover the Orion capsule when it returns to Earth during an end-of-mission landing, or if it needs to return for an emergency landing. The recovery will take place off the coast of San Diego in California. Jones' responsibilities also include creating a system than can recover a future flight crew in the open water in the well deck of a ship with a landing platform/dock within two hours of landing.
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Join Mat Kaplan on a visit to Naval Base San Diego and the USS Anchorage, the amphibious ship that has just completed a round of Orion spacecraft recovery testing and practice.