The Orion capsule has been launched into Earth orbit. Six years late. Also, there is still no Earth-to-low-orbit cargo hauler/shuttle. Orion is what’s left of the original, aggressive Orion program which was nixed. Liberal, welfare-state programs are fully funded. I’m glad NASA was able to do this but, it’s not enough.
This test flight has begun, as reported,
“I think it’s a big day for the world, for people who know and love space,” said NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
The four-and-a-half hour flight aims to test crucial systems like the heat shield and parachute splashdown.
The launch is the first in more than 40 years of a US spacecraft intended to carry humans beyond the Moon. It has reinvigorated a US human exploration program that has been stagnant for more than three years since the last American space shuttle carried a crew of astronauts to the International Space Station.
The Democrats, under Barack Hussein Obama, have let the Chinese race ahead while we pet & groom our socialist entitlement policies & quibble about race squabbles.
Update 05DEC14 17:56 UTC ,
Orion’s 4 1/2 hour test flight concluded with splash down in the Pacific.
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