NASA is preparing to launch the Orion Spacecraft, as it gets ready for its first flight into space. The new spacecraft is the first of its kind which helps pave the way for the eventual mission to Mars. While sitting on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida, it prepares to collect the data necessary to send men to the red planet in the coming decades. While this mission will not be taking people out of Earth’s orbit, it will help prepare to do that some day soon.
Orion Spacecraft Prepares For 1st Space Mission Preparing For Mars
China may be preparing its first manned missions to the Moon, but all space-age nations are also preparing to eventually go further than any man has gone before. The space race of the 1960’s may happen all over again in a scale that has only been science fiction so far.
The Orion spacecraft is set to launch on December 4th, 2014 after many more weeks of pre-launch checks take place. NASA recently lost a resupply space craft a couple weeks ago, after it blew up above its launch pad. They don’t want to have any recreation of that same type of disaster in December when Orion leaves for Earth’s orbit.
After the data is collected from the Orion’s maiden voyage, it may soon be used in future manned missions. If the capsule is deemed to be adequate for manned flight, future tests will begin to prepare systems for the long voyage to Mars and back. It may still be about 10 years away, but lots more preparation is needed in that meantime to figure out the science and engineering that will be needed to accomplish the mission safely. If manned missions to Mars are not done safely, then it will likely cause a major delay in any future missions.
Orion Spacecraft Prepares For 1st Space Mission Preparing For Mars.