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Preview: Orion spacecraft poised for critical test flight

December 3, 2014

NASA is gearing up for a milestone unmanned test flight Thursday, the first launch of the agency’s Orion deep space exploration spacecraft intended to one day carry astronauts on missions beyond low-Earth orbit to the vicinity of the moon, one or more nearby asteroids and, eventually, Mars.

Video: Orion countdown status briefing

December 2, 2014

NASA, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance officials hold the L-2 day countdown status briefing following the launch readiness review on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Live coverage: Orion lands in Pacific

December 2, 2014

NASA’s first space-worthy Orion capsule blasted off atop a Delta 4-Heavy booster rocket for a two-orbit, four-hour shakedown cruise in orbit. Liftoff occurred at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT), with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 11:29 a.m. EST (1629 GMT).

Previous flights of the Delta 4-Heavy

November 26, 2014

As a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket prepares to carry NASA’s Orion spaceship on its first orbital flight test, we look back at the seven previous Heavy launches.

Videos: Delta 4-Heavy and Orion prepared for launch

November 14, 2014

Delta 4-Heavy processing — CBC mate Inside the Horizontal Integration Facility, the three Common Booster Cores for the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch Orion on Exploration Flight Test No. 1 are mated together. Delta 4-Heavy processing — second stage mate Inside the Horizontal Integration Facility, the cryogenic upper stage is mated the center Common Booster Core for the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch Orion on Exploration Flight Test No. 1. Delta 4-Heavy processing — rollout The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is rolled out of the Horizontal Integration Facility to launch pad 37B at Cape Canaveral for the Orion test flight. Delta 4-Heavy processing — vehicle vertical The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is raised vertically at launch pad 37B for the Orion test flight. Rollout of the Orion spacecraft The next-generation Orion spacecraft is transported to launch pad 37B for its liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket. Orion hoisted atop launch vehicle The Orion spacecraft is hoisted 200 feet into the launch pad gantry and mated to the Delta

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