Sunday, December 7, 2014

Closeup of Orion capsule being recovered following EFT-1 -- America's newest spacecraft

The Orion Spacecraft is the vehicle America hopes to use to get people exploring the Moon, Asteroids and Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is a spacecraft intended to carry a crew of up to four astronauts to destinations beyond-low Earth orbit, being built and now being tested by NASA. NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. Orion will open the space between Earth and Mars for exploration by astronauts. This proving ground will be invaluable for testing capabilities future human Mars missions will need. [Image source here and read more here and bonus FB pics here]

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