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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Orion EFT-1: T-Minus 12 Months and Counting...

This month marks one year till the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is set to make its debut flight into space aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The MPCV's maiden voyage, or Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1, will take Orion to an altitude of 3,600 miles above the Earth before the capsule splashes down into the Pacific Ocean a few hours later...capping what will hopefully be a successful demonstration of a spacecraft designed to bring us beyond Earth orbit once more.

An artist's concept of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle soaring in Earth orbit atop a Delta IV upper stage motor...during EFT-1 in September of 2014.
NASA

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