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The Artemis II Orion spacecraft is pictured surrounded by the metal walls of the altitude chamber. Orion is a cone shaped spacecraft with metal and wires exposed. Technicians stand around the open top of the altitude chamber.

Orion on the Rise

Technicians used a 30-ton crane to lift NASA’s Orion spacecraft on Friday, June 28, 2024, from the Final Assembly and System Testing cell to the altitude chamber inside the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft, which will be used for the Artemis II mission to orbit the Moon, underwent leak checks and end-to-end performance verification of the vehicle’s subsystems.

Image Credit: NASA/Radislav Sinyak

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