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Orion poised to move to the launch pad. Photo courtesy of NASA.
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Final preparations for first Orion test flight


Final preparations are underway in Florida and on the West Coast for next week’s first unmanned test mission of NASA’s new deep space capsule Orion. Orion is scheduled to launch Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a four-and-a-half-hour mission. It’ll orbit the Earth twice, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
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Orion Crew Capsule and Service Module at the Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: NASA/Rad Sinyak
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Orion Makes A Move


NASA has finished building the crew module of its newest spacecraft- Orion. The spacecraft was moved out of the Kennedy Space Center facility Thursday where engineers have been getting it ready. Orion’s cone-shaped crew module, stacked on top of a white service module, emerged from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on a special flat bed transporter. It was moved to a new facility where it will be fueled up with ammonia and hyper propellants for its test flight slated for December. The crew capsule can seat four astronauts. December’s mission- an unmanned flight about 3,600 miles into space- will be used to test out Orion’s safety features. Eventually NASA aims to send Orion on missions to deep space- an asteroid …
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