Dignitaries turn out for an event marking the arrival of NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building Mission Briefing Room are, from left, Nicholas Cummings, chief of Operations Integration, Ground Systems Development and Operations Program U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana.
Slated for Exploration Flight Test-1, an uncrewed mission planned for 2014, the capsule will travel farther into space than any human spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years. The capsule was shipped to Kennedy from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans where the crew module pressure vessel was built. The Orion production team will prepare the module for flight at Kennedy by installing heat-shielding thermal protection systems, avionics and other subsystems. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett