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NASA's 1st Orion Spacecraft Test Flight in Photos

Orion Returns to Earth

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NASA's Orion spacecraft descended toward the Pacific Ocean under three main parachutes on Dec. 5, 2014, as seen by an unpiloted aircraft. [Read full story.]

Orion's View of Earth Before Splashdown

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NASA's next-generation spacecraft, the Orion capsule, sees Earth before ending its first uncrewed test flight (EFT-1) on Dec. 5, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean. [Read full story.]

Gulf of Mexico Seen by Orion

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arth's limb shines in an image sent by NASA's Orion spacecraft after it passes over the Gulf of Mexico on its first uncrewed test flight, Dec. 5, 2014. [Read full story.]

Orion Service Panels Separation

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Orion capsule's service panels separate and fall back to Earth after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 5, 2014. [Read full story.]

Earth's Limb as Seen by Orion

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Earth's limb is seen by Orion capsule as it flies over the Earth after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 5, 2014. [Read full story.]

Orion Exploration Flight Test

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A Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. Launch was postponed one day because of technical glitches and weather. [Read full story.]

Orion Launch with Spectators

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. [Read full story.]

Orion Exploration Flight Test #2

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A Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. [Read full story.]

Orion Launches on EFT-1 Mission #3

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NASA's Orion capsule launched on its first uncrewed test flight (EFT-1 mission) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 5, 2014. [Read full story.]

Orion Exploration Flight Test

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. [Read full story.]

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