NASA pushes 1st flight of Orion spacecraft with crew to 2023, slips schedule for 'unknowns'

September 16, 2015 5:54 PM

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015 photo made available by NASA, Lockheed Martin engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., perform the first weld on the Orion spacecraft pressure vessel for Exploration Mission-1. This is the third pressure Orion pressure vessel built. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, top NASA officials said there isn't much confidence in the original 2021 launch date. That's because of the space agency's history of running into unexpected problems in new programs, like Orion. Managers set 2023 as the new official launch date, although they said they haven’t given up yet on 2021. (Radislav Sinyak/NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest spacecraft, the Orion won't be flying astronauts as soon as anticipated.

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