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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Milestones of the Week... Earlier this morning, SpaceX successfully conducted a Wet Dress Rehearsal for its Dragon C2/Falcon 9 vehicle prior to its tentatively-scheduled April 30 launch date, while on February 29 (yesterday), NASA performed another successful deployment test for its Orion parachute system.

The Dragon C2/Falcon 9 vehicle undergoes a Wet Dress Rehearsal test on March 1, 2012.
NASA / Gianni Woods

SpaceX will test-fire the Falcon 9's nine first stage engines several days before the targeted April 30 flight to check their health before liftoff.

Several images showing the Orion's parachutes in different stages of deployment during the successful test on February 29, 2012.
NASA

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