8420.- Astronave Orion.-

04/11/2014 12:00 PM EDT
Mission Operations Director Paul Hill talks to the media as NASA Administrator Charles
 Bolden and Johnson Space  Center Director Ellen Ochoa visit Mission Control in the 
newly renovated and historic White Flight Control Room, which  will be used to support
 NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The mission patches that adorn the walls reflect the control
 room's previous use in the Space Shuttle Program. Orion is the exploration spacecraft
 designed to carry astronauts to destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and Mars.
 It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide
 safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), 
planned for December 2014, will be Orion's first mission. EFT-1 will send an uncrewed
 spacecraft 3,600 miles above  the Earth for a two-orbit flight that will give engineers the
 chance to verify its design and test some of the systems most critical for the safety
of the astronauts who will fly on it in the future. After traveling 15 times farther
 into space  than the International Space Station, Orion will return to Earth at speeds
 near 20,000 mph, generating temperatures  of up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, 
before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Image Credit: NASA

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