NASA Brings Deep Space Orion Capsule to Kennedy Space Center
July 3, 2012 2:52 PM
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The Orion capsule arriving at the Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is where the capsule will be fully built
NASA's future form of transportation into deep space, the Orion capsule, made its way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Friday on Friday, June 29. There, the spacecraft will be built in its entirety.
The Orion capsule, which is designed by Lockheed Martin, will eventually take astronauts into deep space to locations like asteroids and Mars. It will be the most advanced spacecraft ever, with the ability to provide safe re-entry from deep space, a way to sustain astronauts in space, and an emergency abort option. The Orion spacecraft was first
unveiled by Lockheed Martin
in early 2011.
"This starts a new, exciting chapter in this nation's great space exploration story," said Lori Garver, NASA deputy administrator. "Today we are lifting our spirits to new heights."
The first step, once the Orion capsule is completely built, will be to send the upcoming spacecraft on a test flight in 2014. The test flight, which will not carry a crew, is called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), and will launch Orion into orbit via the Delta IV-Heavy rocket. The point of EFT-1 is to see how the spacecraft handles different situations in space.
If all goes well with EFT-1, the Orion capsule will take astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit via the new
Space Launch System (SLS)
, which is NASA's latest heavy lift vehicle that will also be used as the backup for international and commercial partner transportation to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Orion capsule is set to launch atop the SLS in 2017. The Orion is set to be the main mode of deep space transportation for about 30 years.
"Ladies and gentleman, we're going to Mars," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). "We know the Orion capsule is a critical part of the system that's going to take us there."
Back in February, NASA said it was preparing to explore
Earth-moon libration point 2 (EML-2)
, which is one of NASA's planned exploration points beyond low-Earth orbit.
NASA said EML-2 could be the first step in the "capability-driven" exploration of other space sites like asteroids, the moon and Mars. U.S. President Barack Obama challenged NASA to put a man on an asteroid by 2025 and
explore Mars in 2030
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Tiffany, oh Tiffany !
7/3/2012 4:35:05 PM
I love your articles ... especially their ubiquitous second paragraph with dreams abound :-) I, too, fantasize about space exploration, the advancement of human race (much akin to Star Trek) and meeting new discoveries ... but you seem to be actually living in this dream-world of yours where everything you write actually happens ? It must be a wonderful life and I envy you whatever you're eating, prescribed or not.
Please keep up the good work writing your articles, but do remember to share the recipe for your magic cookies with us - we all want a piece of the fun you're having ;-)
RE: Tiffany, oh Tiffany !
7/4/2012 3:21:20 AM
Your passive-agression is not very passive, mate... You'll have to work on that in the future. ;)
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