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How NASA's 2017 Orion Capsule Deep-Space Test Works (Photos)

Orion Capsule 2017 Test Flight Launch Pad

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the spacecraft on the launch pad. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Capsule 2017 Test Flight Boosters Jettisoned

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the launch vehicle's booster rockets jettisoned. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Capsule 2017 Test Flight Stage Separation

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the launch vehicle's stages separating in space. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Service Module by the ESA

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When the Orion spacecraft blasts off atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket in 2017, attached will be the ESA-provided service module – the powerhouse that fuels and propels the Orion spacecraft. Image from video animation released Jan. 16, 2013.

ESA's New Orion Service Module Engine Burn

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Exploration Mission-1 will be the first integrated flight test with both the Orion spacecraft and NASA’s new Space Launch System. Image from animation video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1

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As part of a new agreement between the two space agencies, the European Space Agency will provide the service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Image taken from a video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Crew and Service Module Separation

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the crew and service modules separating from previous stage. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Capsule 2017 Test Flight Crew Module Separation

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the crew module separating from the service module. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Capsule 2017 Test Flight Re-Entry

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the crew module re-entering Earth's atmosphere. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

Orion Capsule 2017 Test Flight Parachute Descent

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Animation of the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 shows the crew module descending underneath parachutes. Video released Jan. 16, 2013.

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