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Thursday, January 12, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden stands in front of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle inside Lockheed Martin's Waterton Facility in Colorado, on January 11, 2012.
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Orion Update... Yesterday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden paid a visit to Lockheed Martin's Waterton Facility near Denver, Colorado...where he checked up on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) as it continued to undergo acoustic testing. This came five days after another Orion test article, based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, underwent a final water landing drop test inside a 20-foot-deep pool known as the Hydro Impact Basin. See pics below.

Click here to read a Florida Today article about NASA's plan to increase Lockheed Martin's $6.4 billion Orion contract by $375 million...to ensure that the company will have the funding it needs to prepare the MPCV for its first sojourn into space, during the Exploration Flight Test, in early 2014.

An Orion test article is hoisted into the air as it prepares to be dropped into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, on January 6, 2012.
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With the Moon visible at the bottom of this pic, the Orion test article hangs in the air as it prepares to be dropped into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, on January 6, 2012.
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A large wave is created by the Orion test article as it splashes into the Hydro Impact Basin during a final drop test at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, on January 6, 2012.
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