Earth from Orion

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EARTHfromOrionThis morning NASA performed the first successful flight test of Orion. The new reusable space capsule is the first component of the craft that will take humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s. This was an unmanned mission, just to test it in space, but Orion flew higher than any craft capable of carrying a crew has since Apollo 17. Since this was the first time a spacecraft made to carry humans was that high, NASA had a camera looking out the window and they snapped the above shot of Earth from Orion.

The spacecraft successfully splashed down this morning in the Pacific after completing a fight test that bodes very well for the future of manned spaceflight.