NASA's Orion Spaceship Test a 'Textbook Spaceflight'

December 6, 2014 2:45 PM

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NASA's Orion Spaceship Test a 'Textbook Spaceflight'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's first capsule built to take humans to Mars aced a seemingly flawless first test flight on Friday (Dec. 5), with the space agency overjoyed with the spacecraft's performance.

The Orion spacecraft appeared to function spectacularly during the risky unmanned test flight in space, and also as it came back through Earth's atmosphere and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Some people are comparing this historic capsule to the capsules flown during the Apollo program that bro...

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