NASA launches new Orion spacecraft

Washington, Dec 5: The Delta IV rocket carrying NASA's new Orion spacecraft for an unmanned test flight lifted off at 7:05 a.m. on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA announced.

Orion will orbit the Earth twice, reaching a peak altitude of 5,793 km (3,600 miles) during its trip.


The spacecraft is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean in approximately 4.5 hours.

Orion's flight test is a critical step in NASA's planned journey of man to Mars.


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