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NASA Scrubs Orion Launch

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 4, 2014
Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

The Thursday, Dec. 4 launch of Orion’s flight test has been scrubbed because of an issue related to fill and drain valves on the Delta IV Heavy rocket that teams could not troubleshoot by the time the launch window expired. The next launch window opens at 7:05 a.m. Eastern on Friday, Dec. 5.

The un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Pacific. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a trip to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

6 responses to “NASA Scrubs Orion Launch”

  1. therealdmt says:

    Hopefully they get that pork cleared out of the valves in time to try again Friday morning.

  2. Guest says:

    Great launch. A Delta IV Heavy launching is always a thrill! Congrats to ULA, Lockheed Martin, the 45th Space Wing and everyone involved on this mission! The first space capsule launched by NASA since Apollo 17.

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