Artist's impression of Orion's service module fairing separation in low-Earth orbit (image: NASA)
Artist's impression of the Orion crew module during re-entry (Image: NASA)
Picture taken during a successful test of Orion's parachute deployment system (Photo: NASA)
Heat shield mounted on Orion spacecraft, ready to be stacked atop the service module (Photo: NASA)
With the launch date of the Orion next-generation spacecraft approaching fast, NASA scientists have set out what they hope to learn from its maiden launch. The test flight, dubbed EFT-1 is the first of three proving missions set to trial many of the in-flight systems essential to the success of any manned mission to Mars, or beyond.
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