Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Orion spacecraft in the well deck of USS Anchorage after being recovered from the Pacific Ocean, 5th December 2014

The Orion MPCV was announced by NASA on May 24, 2011, and is currently under development. Its design is based on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle from the cancelled Constellation program.  It has two main modules. The Orion command module is being built by Lockheed Martin at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The Orion Service Module, provided by the European Space Agency, is being built by Airbus Defence and Space.
The MPCV's first test flight (uncrewed), known as Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), was launched atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket on December 5, 2014, on a flight lasting 4 hours and 24 minutes, landing at its target in the Pacific Ocean at 10:29 Central.

This is the same spacecraft that Vice President Mike Pence touched even though a sign clearly said not to.  Rules are only for the little people, I guess.

This of course birthed a flood of funny memes.

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