We reported yesterday that NASA had a few problems launching its Orion space craft on its maiden flight, but not so today.
We have liftoff:
NBC reports on the importance Orion’s flight today:
NASA and its commercial partners are designing Orion to take astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid in the 2020s, and to Mars and its moons in the 2030s. For that reason, NASA portrays Friday’s 4.5-hour test flight as a first step toward deep-space exploration. The mission is known as Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1.
More great photos of the launch:
Orion is currently in orbit and is scheduled to return to Earth later this morning:
And Tweeter are pretty excited at NASA’s success today:
Now, let’s hope for a successful splashdown as well.