NASA Prepares for Test Flight of the Orion Spacecraft

The processing of Orion and its United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket remains on course for a launch, Dec. 4, 2014, on the first flight test of the spacecraft design. (PHOTO CREDIT: NASA/Kim Shiflett)
The processing of Orion and its United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket remains on course for a launch, Dec. 4, 2014, on the first flight test of the spacecraft design. (PHOTO CREDIT: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

NASA is putting the finishing touches on its next big project, the Orion spacecraft, which is set for liftoff next week.

This unmanned test mission will launch on Dec. 4 at 7:04 a.m. ET on a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral and will land four and a half hours later with a splashdown 600 miles off the coast of San Diego in the Pacific Ocean.

While in orbit, the spacecraft will circle Earth twice at an altitude of 3,600 miles.

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SOURCE: ABC News
Alyssa Newcomb

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