Orion lift off

The spectacular lift off of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida.

The Orion spacecraft orbited Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean.



Delta rocket

No one was aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars.

Images Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Orion: Cockpit

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