Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars

Updated: December 05, 2014 16:58 IST

NASA successfully launched its deep space Orion Capsule today for its first journey into the orbit, after weather and technical issues delayed its first attempt on Thursday.

Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
NASA Successfully Launches Unmanned 'Mars Craft' Orion at 5.30 p.m IST from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
A NASA Orion capsule on top of a Delta IV rocket sits on the pad at Complex 37 B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
The first orbit is to be about as high as the International Space Station, which circles at an altitude of about 430 kilometers.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
The second orbit would soar 15 times higher, to an apogee of 5793.638 kilometres above the Earth.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
The spacecraft is supposed to plunge into the waters off San Diego, California to be retrieved by the US Navy.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
An analysis of sophisticated sensors on the capsule should let NASA know if the temperature inside remained survivable for a potential crew.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
The launch is the first in more than 40 years of a US spacecraft intended to carry humans beyond the Moon.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
A launch team completed fueling the three core boosters of the Delta IV Heavy and pumps are now in trickle mode meaning they will top off the tanks as the countdown moves ahead.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
Potential future missions for Orion, which can fit four people at a time, include a trip to lasso an asteroid and a journey to Mars by the 2030s.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
NASA has already spent $9.1 billion on Orion.
Take 2: NASA Launches Unmanned Space Capsule Orion to Mars
A look at Orion/Delta IV-Heavy on the morning of December 5, 2014.

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