Spacecraft Orion: Trial By Fire

On Dec. 4th, 7:04am EST, Orion will do a test launch of the vehicle that will take NASA astronauts to Mars and possibly beyond. Heady days! See for more glorious details.

NASA's newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launching into space for the first time in December 2014, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.