Orion Spacecraft Is Go!
NASA’s new Orion space capsule has successfully launched and landed in its first-ever test flight. On the morning of Friday, December 5th, at 7:05 am, a Delta IV Heavy rocketed the Orion space capsule 5,800 kilometers (that’s 5.8 megameters) into a high elliptical orbit. After some 5 hours, it then plunged back to Earth at 32,000 kph, and landed successfully in the Pacific Ocean.
You can see the launch here!
For more information, check out what Space.com has to say, or you can read the article at the New York Times.