Humans To Mars? NASA Orion Test Flight Is First Step In The 'Next Great Leap'

December 2, 2014 8:51 PM

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Humans To Mars? NASA Orion Test Flight Is First Step In The 'Next Great Leap'

NASA announced its plan to send humans to Mars ahead of the first flight test of the space agency's next-generation Orion spacecraft. As part of its "Next Giant Leap," the agency detailed its ambitious timeline, which will include a manned mission to an asteroid in the 2020s followed by the first mission to Mars in the 2030s.

On Thursday, Orion will take flight in an uncrewed test, traveling 3,600 miles above Earth (by comparison, the International Space Station orbits around 268 miles above Earth). Orion, developed by Lockheed Martin, will launch atop the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket from Space Launch Co...

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