Range Tracking

T-1 day and counting until EFT-1

Exploration Flight Test-1 of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft built to take astronauts back to the Moon and someday to Mars is less than a day away from launch now — weather and technical issues notwithstanding. Liftoff is scheduled for 7:05 a.m. on 4 December 2014. The images show a panorama of Port Canaveral as seen from atop the Port’s new Exploration Tower with cruise ships at left and the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will launch Orion, highlighted by the red line, on the horizon. A long distance view taken from Exploration Tower shows Space Launch Complex 37 with the three orange boosters of the Delta IV Heavy strapped side-by-side tucked safely inside the Mobile Service Tower. To honor Apollo 11 and the eventual return to the Moon in Orion, the orange walkway swing arm used to access the Apollo 11 space capsule is in the background behind the Mobile Service Tower. The swing arm is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The image at upper left is an Orion engineering test article for developing ground servicing procedures in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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