NASA To Test New Craft For Carrying Humans Into Deep Space
NASA's Orion capsule is preparing to take its first test flight, a major milestone toward sending humans to an asteroid or even to Mars.By Steven Sparkman | December 1, 2014
Now that humanity has put a robot on a comet, you might be wondering when we'll get around to sending some human beings out there in the solar system.
Well, NASA is planning to take a big step in that direction in early December. That's when the Orion spacecraft, seen here beginning its trip to the launchpad, is scheduled to be sent into space for the first time.
"The four-and-a-half-hour flight, called Exploration Flight Test-1, will send Orion 3,600 miles from Earth on a two-orbit flight to confirm its critical systems are ready for the challenges of eventually sending astronauts on deep space missions to an asteroid and Mars."