Technicians assist as a crane begins to lift one of the main parachutes for the Orion spacecraft inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The parachute will be prepared for installation on Orion.
The Orion spacecraft is being prepared for its first unpiloted flight test, Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, scheduled for launch atop a Delta IV rocket in September 2014. The Orion spacecraft is designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion is scheduled to launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket in 2017. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett