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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Better Luck Tomorrow!

A security helicopter hovers near SLC-37 as a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft stands poised for launch (which was scrubbed) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on December 4, 2014.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

Thanks to a stray boat, pesky ground winds and stubborn fuel valves that wouldn't close properly, today's launch of Orion was scrubbed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The next attempt will be tomorrow (at 7:05 AM, Eastern Standard Time...same as today's 'T-0')—with a 40% chance of acceptable weather conditions at lift-off. Here's hoping that 40% chance increases to 100% on Friday, with no technical issues preventing America's next manned space vehicle from soaring 3,600 miles beyond the Earth during its maiden voyage. In the meantime, check out these photos of an Orion paper model kit that I received at a NASA Social event I attended for Exploration Flight Test 1 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California yesterday. It took me only a few hours to assemble it. Pretty cool...if I may say so, myself.

An upper view of a paper model kit for the Orion spacecraft...which I received during a NASA Social event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on December 3, 2014.

A lower view of a paper model kit for the Orion spacecraft...which I received during a NASA Social event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on December 3, 2014.

A rear view of a paper model kit for the Orion spacecraft...which I received during a NASA Social event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on December 3, 2014.

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