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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Maiden Launch of Orion This Morning

Above, the Orion spacecraft on the pad this morning at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

NASA's next generation spacecraft, Orion, is set to launch at 7:05 a.m. ET today from Cape Canaveral, Florida for its maiden test flight.

The flight will be unmanned and will last about four and a half hours to test its systems. It has been reported that manned flights aboard Orion will take place in about seven years from now.

The launch can be seen on NASA Television by going here.

The Orion spacecraft has been described as looking like "an Apollo capsule on steroids."

UPDATE (12/4/14):

Due to technical problems with the rocket's hydrogen and oxygen drain valve doors, they will try again tomorrow.

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