29 October 2013
Ahead of its first launch next year, the electronics in Orion's crew module were powered up for the first time last week. This was the first step in six months of testing as more electronics are added. So far, reports are that the avionics are all working as hoped. Orion is being prepared to launch without a crew next fall atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. Orion is designed to eventually carry a human crew farther than one has ever travelled before, first to near-Earth asteroids and one day to Mars. (Image Credit: NASA)
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