NASA’s Orion is the world’s only exploration class spaceship, which includes advanced technology needed for the extremes of deep space, such as long-duration life support, deep space navigation, radiation protection, deep space communications and a robust heat shield capable of Mars-return velocities.
What is the next giant leap in space exploration? Scientists and engineers are making steps every day towards deep space exploration. The Space Launch System (SLS) will be the most powerful rocket ever built designed to take us to our ultimate destination… Mars.
A Delta IV Heavy rocket took off from LC 37 at Cape Canaveral carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test. Liftoff was at 7:05 a.m. EST. During the two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, engineers evaluated the systems critical to crew safety, the launch abort system, the heat shield & the parachute system.
The journey began on Dec. 17, 1903 when Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina. Nearly 111 years later, on Dec. 4, 2014, a new era in human spaceflight will launch as Orion soars through space on Exploration Flight Test-1.
On Nov. 11 the Orion spacecraft moved to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. After arriving at the pad Nov. 12, Orion was lifted for stacking on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for its flight test.
NASA Orion Spacecraft is scheduled to take humans beyond low earth orbit in 2021.
Inspired by the music of STYX. "Gone Gone Gone" is the debut single from STYX's Mars-inspired album, "The Mission." SLS, the world’s most powerful rocket, will send NASA’s Orion crew vehicle on missions beyond Earth’s orbit farther than humans have ever ventured before.