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Orion Successfully Launched

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Dec 5, 2014 2:50 pm
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The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy with Orion atop it lifted off at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orion will orbit Earth twice, reaching a peak altitude of 3,600 miles during its trip. The spacecraft is scheduled to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean in approximately 4.5 hours.

Orion’s flight test is a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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