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The Orion Space Capsule: NASA's Next Spaceship (Photos)

Gulf of Mexico Seen by Orion

NASA TV

Earth'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.

Exploration Flight Test 1

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 5, 2014 at 7:05 a.m. EST. Launch was postponed one day because of technical glitches and weather. [NASA's Orion Spacecraft: Full Coverage of First Test Flight

Exploration Flight Test 1

NASA TV

A Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 5, 2014 at 7:05 a.m. EST. [NASA's Orion Spacecraft: Full Coverage of First Test Flight

Exploration Flight Test 1

NASA TV

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

Exploration Flight Test 1

NASA TV

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

Earth's Limb as Seen by Orion

NASA TV

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

Orion Flight Test Trajectory Ground Track

Intl. Space Station (via Twitter as @Space_Station)

This map was tweeted from the account of the Intl. Space Station, featuring a map showing the trajectory ground track of the Orion flight test, postponed until Dec. 5, 2014.

NASA's Journey to Mars Infographic

NASA

A graphic shows existing and planned missions to Mars. Image released Dec. 2, 2014.

Orion and Delta IV Heavy Stack

NASA/Kim Shiflett

The Orion and Delta IV Heavy stack stands inside the Mobile Service Tower at Space Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral, Florida, where NASA prepares for launch on Dec. 4, 2014. Photo released Nov. 24, 2014.

Orion Spacecraft at the Launch Pad

NASA/Kim Shiflett

The Orion and Delta IV Heavy stack stands inside the Mobile Service Tower at Space Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral, Florida, where NASA prepares for launch on Dec. 4, 2014. Photo released Nov. 24, 2014.

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