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NASA Chat: First Space-Bound Orion Arrives at Kennedy
The first space-bound Orion

At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana, the first space-bound Orion capsule is packed up for shipment to the Kennedy Space Center for final processing and outfitting. This spacecraft will fly on Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014. Photo credit: NASA
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NASA's Orion program reached a major milestone on June 28, 2012, when the first space-bound Orion crew capsule arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Construction on the spacecraft was finished at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana this week, and final outfitting and heat shield installation will take place at KSC. The Orion spacecraft will carry astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before. It will provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space. This spacecraft will fly on Exploration Flight Test-1, an unmanned test that is scheduled two years from now.

On Monday, July 2, from 11:45 a.m. EDT to 12:30 p.m. EDT, agency leaders and Orion Program managers answered questions in a live television broadcast from followers of NASA's social media accounts.

Panelists included:
  • NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer
  • NASA Space Launch System Spacecraft and Payload Integration Manager David Beaman
  • Astronaut Rex Walheim, the Astronaut Office's main liaison with the Orion Program
  • NASA Ground Systems Development and Operations Program Manager Pepper Phillips
Watch an archive of this program at: