NASA Successfully Launches and Retrieves Orion Spacecraft
Friday morning, after a one-day weather delay, NASA launched the new Orion spacecraft from Florida's Cape Kennedy.
The flight lasted just a few hours and the capsule returned to Earth, landing in the Pacific Ocean as planned. And, for this initial test, nobody was onboard. Now, the spacecraft will be examined and the inspections will be conducted to see if everything went as planned.
Thhis is the replacement of the Space Shuttle and offers more options for manned spaceflight. NASA is already planning some lunar missions and possible flights to nearby asteroids.
Here's the launch from NASA on YouTube. The video stops when the rocket boosters separate. It's quite a quick trip into orbit. There are other videos of the chutes deploying as the Orion came back down.