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NASA Orion Arrives at Kennedy, Work Underway for First Launch
07.02.2012
 
More than 450 guests at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency's first space-bound Orion spacecraft Monday, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. Orion will be the most advanced spacecraft ever designed. It will provide emergency abort capability, sustain astronauts during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space. 

Orion will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1, an uncrewed mission planned for 2014. The spacecraft will travel 3,600 miles above the Earth's surface, 15 times farther than the International Space Station's orbital position. This is farther than any human spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years. The flight will help prove that Orion can survive the enormous speeds and heat generated during a return from deep space. In advance of the 2014 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., a 400-person Orion production team at Kennedy will apply heat shielding thermal protection systems, avionics and other subsystems to the spacecraft.
 
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Supers:
                NASA
                Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator
                Bob Cabana, KSC Center Director
                Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator
Center Contact-  Amber Philman, 321-867-2468
HQ Contact- Trent Perrotto, 202-358-0321
http://www.nasa.gov/orion


 Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator



“This is a milestone moment for the Space Coast, NASA and America’s space program. Orion’s arrival here at Kennedy marks a major accomplishment in the ambitious new American space program that President Obama and Congress have approved.  It’s a new and exciting chapter in American great space exploration story, one that will see more discoveries, more scientific return, and more people and Americans going into space and going places that have never before been visited.”
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Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator

“Without question the long term goal of our space program, of our human space program right now, is the goal of going to Mars in the decade of 2030’s. But we know that the Orion capsule is a critical part of the system that is going to take there. ”
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Bob Cabana, KSC Center Director

“I believe our future is bright, and as great as our last fifty years have been, I believe our next 50 years are going to be even better.  We are going to continue the challenge of developing the innovative systems that allow us to explore beyond our home planet, while we enable the commercial sector to fly our crews and other to the International Space Station.”
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