NASA’s first Orion crew capsule ready for flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Before its scheduled test flight in December of this year, NASA has released the first photo of a fully constructed Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle capsule being serviced at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Crew and Service module will be moved on Wednesday morning to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility before the launch abort system (LAS) is added. When this task is completed, the spacecraft will be ready to be placed on top of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket for the Exploration Flight Test-1 in December. Orion is expected to travel an estimated 3,600 miles above Earth, father than any spacecraft built to carry human beings in the last forty years.
Heather Smith's fascination for space exploration – started at the tender age of twelve while she was on a sixth-grade field trip in Kenner, Louisiana, walking through a mock-up of the International Space Station and seeing the “space potty” (her terminology has progressed considerably since that time) – she realized at this point that her future lay in the stars. Smith has come to realize that very few people have noticed how much spaceflight technology has improved their lives. She has since dedicated herself to correcting this problem. Inspired by such classic literature as Anne Frank’s Diary, she has honed her writing skills and has signed on as The Spaceflight Group’s coordinator for the organization’s social media efforts.