NASA Launches Orion Deep Space Capsule

Orion crew exploration vehicle, artwork - SM9377

Orion crew exploration vehicle, artwork - SM9377

NASA is testing an unmanned version of a newly developed crew capsule to be used in conjunction with a more powerful rocket that will debut in the next few years.  The technology currently in development would be designed to send astronauts past the International Space Station to other planetary bodies such as the Moon and Mars.  The Orion capsule launch is the first step in testing the vehicle's heat shielding and re-entry parachutes, as it withstands temperatures of around 3,600°F while traveling around 20,000mph.

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