Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

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The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

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See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

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See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

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The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. The Orion spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean. No one is aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before…

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. The Orion spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean. No one is aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before…

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NASA Simulates Orion Spacecraft Launch Conditions for Crew In a lab at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in space suits would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch atop the agencys powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations. January 24 2017

NASA Simulates Orion Spacecraft Launch Conditions for Crew In a lab at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in space suits would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch atop the agencys powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations. January 24 2017

NASA and Lockheed Martin have announced the completion of the final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to carry NASA astronauts on deep space missions.

NASA and Lockheed Martin have announced the completion of the final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to carry NASA astronauts on deep space missions.

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Meet Orion, NASA\'s New Deep Space Explorer

Meet Orion, NASA\'s New Deep Space Explorer

NASA's First Orion Spacecraft Test Flight Explained (Infographic)

NASA's First Orion Spacecraft Test Flight Explained (Infographic)

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