#Nasa readies Orion spacecraft for its first unmanned test flight – an annotated infographic

Nasa is preparing to launch its next-generation Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight. The capsule is designed to carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, to an asteroid or even to Mars.

E&T has covered Orion’s journey so far, from testing the capsule parachutes for a Martian landing to the day when Nasa engineers rolled the Orion capsule out of its processing hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, having finished its assembly.

E&T also has reams of space-related information gathered together on our dynamically updated Space news page, so you may wish to bookmark that page if space is your thing.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Orion: belt up
Orion: belt up
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