Orion Returns From Road Trip: What's Next for 'America's Spacecraft'

Orion returns to Florida after cross-country road trip.

The capsule could one day ferry as many as four astronauts to deep space, however, engineers are currently focused on conducting a thorough post-mission analysis to refine Orion's design.

This entails removing the back shell of the spacecraft so engineers can inspect the nuts and bolts of Orion, including its cabling, fluid lines, propulsion system and avionics boxes, according to NASA.

Sample pieces of the heat shield, which had to endure temperatures as high as 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, were already sent to a laboratory, according to NASA, where they will be carefully examined by scientists.