Orion Spacecraft accomplishes first spaceflight test
Monday, December 8, 2014
NASA has finally accomplished its first with the new Orion spacecraft, uncrewed, on Friday morning. The spacecraft has now traveled farther from the than any other spacecraft designed to carry a crew has traveled in over four decades.
The Orion crew module was launched off from Florida mounted on top of a rocket. Four and a half hours later, the space module landed in the .at the Air Force Station in
During the mission, the spacecraft reached an altitude of 3,600(5800 ) and experienced periods of intense radiation when traveling twice through the . Upon in the Earth's atmosphere, Orion achieved speeds of 20,000 miles per hour (32,000 kilometers per hour) and temperatures reached 4,000 degrees (2200 degrees ).
NASA has reported the entire spacecraft remained in one piece, with all the onboard computers still working despite the high radiation in the. All the parachutes deployed without incident.
NASA said this is the farthest spacecraft have flown since the Mars.mission 42 years ago, opening up new human explorations of space and getting closer to the goal of putting people on
Had astronauts been on board Orion, they would have experienced 8.2 times the force of gravity on Earth, NASA said.
Astronaut Rex Walheim, of the last mission, talked about future crewed Mars missions and becoming "a multi-planetary species".
The Orion program manager hopes NASA will look at information from this spaceflight and apply it to the next Orion spacecraft, to be launched by the
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