NASA is on track for the first flight test of the Orion crew capsule it plans to use for human “pioneering” missions to Mars—a two-orbit swing beyond low Earth orbit designed to characterize the loads it will encounter as early as 2018 on reentry from the vicinity of the Moon. Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 a.m. EST Dec. 4 from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral AFS. The mission begins with liftoff of a Delta IV Heavy launch ...


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