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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014, a Big Day for NASA and Orion

Art Courtesy of NASA

Tomorrow at roughly 7 AM EST, NASA test launches the future of human spaceflight with the Orion capsule. It will only be a 4.5 hour unmanned test, orbiting the earth twice, rising above the Van Allen Belt, and then returning to the atmosphere at a blistering 20,000 miles per hour. If all goes well, and the heavy lift rocket more powerful than the old Saturn V that took us to the moon is built (don't screw around now Congress), we will have the vehicle that takes us further out into space than ever before. 

A lot hinges on tomorrow ... so I'll be hoping for clear weather and a picture perfect flight.

For much more on Orion, see: http://blogs.nasa.gov/orion/

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