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Simulated Orion Crew Module Polished and Painted
By: Emily Outen

Painted Simulated Orion Crew Module.

The Orion crew module mock-up, recently delivered from NASA Langley, was primed and painted at Edwards Air Force Base in California as another step towards NASA's first test of the astronaut escape system.

Simulated Orion Crew Module.Image right: The simulated Orion Crew Module before its departure from NASA Langley. Credit: Sean Smith.

The crew module was flown on a C-17 cargo plane from NASA Langley where it was fabricated. The full-size structural model will be equipped with flight instruments and other electronics at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

The Orion crew module will be propelled off a simulated launch pad at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico late this year. This demonstration will test Orion's astronaut escape system and will ensure a safe, reliable escape for astronauts in case of an emergency.

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