Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Orion spacecraft is still to blast off for its first test flight from Cape Canaveral - this time on Friday. NASA's replacement for the retired Shuttle, the Orion may one day take humans to an asteroid or even Mars.
The next possible window for a launch is at 7:05 am ET Friday. Thursday first saw strong gusts of wind and then a drain valve failed to close.
If everything goes fine, on Friday the spacecraft will lift off aboard a Delta IV heavy rocket to orbit the earth twice before splashing down in the Pacific. The flight, which is to test Orion's performance, will be unmanned. However, the the spacecraft will be loaded with 1,000 sensors to record and measure all aspects of the flight.
INC News, 04/12/2014