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Orion Launches and Splashes Down Succesfully

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA's Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

http://www.nasa.gov/content/successful-launch-of-orion-heralds-first-step-on-journey-to-mars/

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Awesome graphic by Gary Schroeder

In an unmanned test flight, NASA sends our newest space ship out for its first journey. This craft will travel further from Earth than any craft since the Apollo missions to the Moon.

We have a new spacecraft. Certainly, some amazing strides have been made by Virgin Galactic and The Space Ship Company, SpaceX and XCor, but NASA launched a new craft this morning. NASA, that giant bureaucracy that we all love, in spite of its slow moving progress. When the Space Shuttle program ended, it felt like this gulf was going to last forever, but here we are on the other side and it feels great. This comes just a few days after NASA announced their new timeline to the Red Planet. According to NASA, we’ll be landing on minor planets or asteroids in 11 years and landing on the surface of Mars by the 2030’s. This actually feels like a timeline that could actually happen, unlike others given in the past.

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I’m very excited. Things are looking up. We’re back in black so to speak. The U.S. has been through some tough times lately, but this gives me a lot of hope. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: give organized smart people with the same goals all the money they need and they’ll save the world one project at a time.

Hey, we went to space today. No big deal.

DeadMau5, a  popular DJ, sits in the Pacific Ocean awaiting recovery crews after a successful flight test.
DeadMau5, a popular DJ, sits in the Pacific Ocean awaiting recovery crews after a successful flight test.

 

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