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Progress on the Orion spacecraft is moving forward and will be launching this fall.  Orion’s service module was recently completed and will be joined with the two other parts of the spacecraft of the crew module and the launch abort system.  The service module will sit in between the two other modules, and NASA engineers went through a lot of detailed technical work in one of NASA’s massive cleanrooms.

 

The Orion will start out with an easy, four hour, unmanned test flight.  Since there won’t be astronauts in the vessel, many of the life support systems won’t be installed for the test.  Additionally, a few more tests are required to ensure the spacecraft is ready for the harsh environment of space.

 

We’ll keep you updated when the test launch happens in a few months, and in the meantime, you can visit NASA’s website for more information.