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All AboardIn June 2018, Space reporter Samantha Mathewson sailed on the maiden voyage of Viking Orion, the newest ship in Viking's growing ocean fleet.
The ship set sail on June 13 from Rome and traveled to several ports in the Mediterranean before ending its voyage in Barcelona, Spain, on June 19. The cruise ship is named after the constellation Orion, the hunter, and in recognition of NASA's Orion spacecraft, the first crewed capsule designed to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit.
You can relive Samantha's journey here. And click next to take a photo tour of the Viking Orion!
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Float OutIn September 2017, Viking Orion touched water for the first time during the float-out ceremony that took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The ship was later moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out in preparation for its maiden voyage in June.
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NASA Astronaut HonoredRetired NASA astronaut Anna Fisher was honored as "godmother" of Viking Orion at the float-out ceremony in September 2017.
Fisher was one of the six female astronaut candidates selected for NASA's first class of space shuttle astronauts. She became the first mother in space when she served as a mission specialist on STS-51A aboard the space shuttle Discovery, which launched on Nov. 8, 1984.
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The Leaning Tower of PisaThe first port of call was Livorno, Italy. A short ride inland brought passengers to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Square of Miracles. In 1589, Italian scientist Galileo Galilei experimented with gravity by dropping objects from the tower here. His experiments revealed that all of the objects hit the ground at the same time, demonstrating that any two objects, regardless of weight, shape or composition, will fall at exactly the same rate.
In 1971, astronaut David Scott, commander of the Apollo 15 mission, conducted a similar experiment on the moon using a geologic hammer and a falcon's feather.
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