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Orion Processing Continues for NASA’s Exploration Mission-1

A view of the high bay in the Operations and Checkout Building High Bay at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Orion processing continues in the Operations and Checkout Building high bay for Exploration Mission-1

NASA’s Orion crew module is being prepared for its first uncrewed integrated flight test atop the Space Launch System rocket. Inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a variety of test stands, processing bays and hardware are in view. Thermal protection panels and other components for Orion are in various stages of processing. Orion will launch on the SLS rocket from Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39B on Exploration Mission-1. The spacecraft will travel thousands of miles beyond the Moon over the course of about a three-week period. Orion will return to Earth and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky