03.01.12 - NASA successfully conducted another drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry, descent and landing parachutes in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test in 2014.› View images
02.09.12 - NASA's new spacecraft will help astronauts travel farther into the solar system.
02.06.12 - Precision instruments on the mobile launcher showed engineers how much the 35-story structure will sway and vibrate when in motion.
01.06.12 - After six months of testing, an 18,000 pound (8,165 kg) Orion mockup took its final splash into NASA's Hydro Impact Basin on Jan. 6.
08.09.11 - NASA Langley's most visible link to the future of space exploration became a part of its most visible link to the center's space past Tuesday when a ribbon was cut to signify that the Hydro Impact Basin was open for business.
12.21.11 - NASA successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert Tuesday, Dec. 20.› View gallery
12.21.11 - NASA is making steady progress on building the Orion spacecraft, which will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before.
12.13.11 - The eighth water landing test of the Orion test article in the Hydro Impact Basin.
12.06.11 - The 21st Century Ground Systems Program passed a major milestone as it moves Kennedy toward a multi-use spaceport.
12.02.11 - The Orion test article took its seventh splash into the Hydro Impact Basin Dec. 1.
11.16.11 - The mobile launcher is making the longest trip of its young life today to begin a two-week series of structural tests at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
10.31.11 - An Orion media day gave NASA the opportunity to show off its researchers and Hydro Impact Basin facility.› Hydro Impact Basin
11.09.11 - During the proposed Exploration Flight Test-1, Orion will reach a higher altitude than any spacecraft intended for human use since 1973.
10.20.11 - The NASA EDGE team covers the Orion taking the inaugural plunge at NASA Langley's new Hydro Impact Basin.
10.20.11 - Engineers conducted the first test as part of Phase 1 of the Orion boilerplate test article at NASA's Langley Research Center, on Oct. 18.
10.20.11 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott saw the facilities at Kennedy Space Center that will be used to assemble and process the Orion spacecraft in the future.
10.13.11 - NASA Administrator Charles Bolden took a firsthand look at the Mobile Launcher that will serve as the launch pad for the Space Launch System.
09.29.11 - Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is taking the shape of a launch complex to serve future rockets.
09.27.11 - Recent college graduates were tapped to design an exciting new look into the Orion spacecraft, the agency’s deep space exploration vehicle.
09.27.11 - NASA has completed the first in a series of flight-like parachute tests for the agency's Orion spacecraft.