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Orion Text Flight: Next Step on #JourneyToMars

3 Dec 2014, 00:00 UTC
Orion Text Flight: Next Step on #JourneyToMars
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Space Apps 2014 global winners are flying in from around the world to witness the historic Orion test launch.

Thursday, NASA embarks on a major milestone for human spaceflight — the test launch of the Orion spacecraft, which will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket form Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The winners of Space Apps 2014 are flying in from around the world to witness this historic test launch. Orion will soar 3,600 miles above Earth — farther than any human-rated spacecraft has ventured in since the days of Apollo missions. The spacecraft will log nearly 60,000 miles during her two-orbit, 4.5 hour fight, prior to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. NASA is developing the Orion spacecraft to send humans to deep space. This test flight has two primary goals: 1) testing the heat shield, parachutes, avionics and attitude control; and 2) exposing the spacecraft to the orbital environment of deep space.

In addition to witnessing history, Space Apps winners will have an opportunity to meet each other, tour the Kennedy Center Visitor Center (and see our beloved Atlantis Space Shuttle in her retirement pose), and perhaps even catch a glimpse of ...

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