Orion with the heat shield

Orion with the largest heat shield ever constructed, attached to the bottom of the capsule by engineers during assembly work inside the Operations and Checkout High Bay facility at KSC.   Image Credit NASA/Rad Sinyak

The Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 is shown in the Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST) Cell, positioned over the service module just prior to mating the two sections together.

The FAST cell is where the integrated crew and service modules are put through their final system tests prior to rolling out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians are in position to assist with the final alignment steps once the crew module is nearly in contact with the service module. In December, Orion will launch 3,600 miles into space in a four-hour flight to test the systems that will be critical for survival in future human missions to deep space.

Orion with the heat shield

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Orion in orbit

Orion in orbit during its maiden test flight. Image credit NASA

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