Join us for the next step in NASA's journey to Mars and beyond!
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 from 1:00 a.m. to noon PST
Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft built to send humans farther than ever before, is launching into space for the first time on Dec. 4, 2014. An uncrewed test flight called Exploration Flight Test-1 will test Orion systems critical to future crew safety.
To celebrate this historic event, NASA Ames invites you to a public program including mission scientists and engineers, hands-on activities, and a live broadcast of the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1:00 a.m.: Doors open
1:30 a.m.: NASA TV programming begins
3:00 a.m.: On-site program begins, including local expert commentary
4:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.: Launch window
8:29 a.m. - 10:29 a.m.: Splashdown window
12:00 p.m.: Program concludes
Stay after the launch for panel discussions, hands-on activities and more! Take the opportunity to interact with NASA Ames's mission-critical scientists and engineers!
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
On Dec. 4, 2014, Orion will launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex Flight Test on the Orion Flight Test: a two-orbit, four-hour flight that will test many of the systems most critical to safety.
The Orion Flight Test will evaluate launch and high speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first mission to integrate Orion and the Space Launch System.
For more information about the Orion Mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion