Orion takes shape:
The Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 is shown in the Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST) Cell, positioned over the service module just prior to mating the two sections together. The FAST cell is where the integrated crew and service modules are put through their final system tests prior to rolling out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians are in position to assist with the final alignment steps once the crew module is nearly in contact with the service module. In December, Orion will launch 3,600 miles into space in a four-hour flight to test the systems that will be critical for survival in future human missions to deep space.
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I was born in 1969. I grew up in awe of astronauts, the Saturn V, and the Apollo program. Still, it startles me how Orion and the SLS reach deep inside me and reignite that childhood excitement. I can’t wait until they light this candle.