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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Orion Test Flight Is NASA's First Step Toward Mars

First flight of Orion capsule...

NASA is getting ready to launch a daring test flight of a capsule that could eventually bring humans to deep-space destinations like Mars or an asteroid.
On Dec. 4, NASA officials are expected to launch the Orion spacecraft on its first test flight, putting the capsule through its paces in space before it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. The goal of the flight is to see how some key Orion systems — like its huge heat shield and parachutes — work before launching humans into deep space sometime in the future...article
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Designed as the capsule for the cancelled Constellation Program, the Orion, the sole surviving piece of the abandoned project, will ride into space to an altitude of 3,600 miles atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. It will be the manned segment of the, currently under development, Space Launch System, that NASA envisions for deep space exploration. A ton of money and year`s of development will be riding on this flight as our space program attempts to unchain itself from the confines of low Earth orbit...