ASTRONOMICALLY SPEAKING The first step towards Mars

December 11, 2014 7:06 AM

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Today, if you think about the history of space exploration, one big event stands out: sending people to the moon. In 50 years, there will likely be a new, bigger event for our generation to remember: sending people to Mars. Last week, NASA took the first step in this process.

The Orion spacecraft did its first test launch on Friday, sending the rocket up and around the Earth twice, and then down into the Pacific Ocean. In coming years Orion will be used to send humans into deep space, and potentially to land on an asteroid. Ultimately, it will be used to send people to M...

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