The Orion spacecraft, which was successfully launched into orbit earlier today from the Cape Canaveral Space Center in Florida, just splashed-down in the Pacific Ocean. And from the early reports and photos, everything went according to plan:

Yes, a celebration is in order. Congratulations!


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