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Monday, September 29, 2014

Photos of the Day #2: Orion Finishes Fueling Up for EFT-1!

The Orion EFT-1 spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Abort System Facility to be mated to its Launch Abort Motor, on September 28, 2014.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

After spending more than two weeks in Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility getting loaded up with fuel for Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1, Orion is now inside KSC's Launch Abort System Facility...the capsule's final stop before heading to the launch pad for its maiden flight to Earth orbit on December 4. Orion's Delta IV Heavy rocket is now assembled at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with the clock soon ticking down on NASA's return to deep space with its own manned vehicle—even though Orion won't have any astronauts aboard for this inaugural mission.

The Orion EFT-1 spacecraft is about to depart from Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility to be mated with its Launch Abort Motor, on September 28, 2014.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

The Orion EFT-1 spacecraft is about to arrive at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Abort System Facility to be mated to its Launch Abort Motor, on September 28, 2014.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

The Orion EFT-1 spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Abort System Facility to be mated to its Launch Abort Motor, on September 28, 2014.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

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