NASA's Journey to Mars

October 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Have you ever wanted to blast off on a NASA rocket from Kennedy Space Center and travel into space?  Well, now you have exactly that opportunity!  Well not exactly, but your name can ride the fire into space for you.  I came across this on NASA's website last night.  You can register with NASA for a Boarding Pass, and with that Boarding Pass your name will fly on Orion's Flight Test on December 4, 2014.  Just click the link at the bottom of this page to register for your own.

 

 

 

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion's first flight test, designated Exploration Flight Test-1, will launch December 4 on a two-orbit, four-hour flight that will test many of the systems most critical to safety. Orion will launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37. This test will evaluate launch and high speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first mission to integrate Orion and the Space Launch System.

 

Credit: nasa.gov | http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/


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