NASA Launches Orion Spacecraft After Numerous Delays

The shuttle could one day take a person to Mars.
2:06 | 12/05/14

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Transcript for NASA Launches Orion Spacecraft After Numerous Delays
But you have breaking news. Nasa launching the test flight of the new space capsule after delays yesterday. So critical to the space program as this type of spacecraft could one day take man to Mars. David Kerley is in Washington for liftoff. Reporter: Good morning. We are moments away from the U.S. Launching the new effort to get into deep space. You are looking at a live picture from just south of cape Ka naf ral. We are seconds away from the delta 4 rocket carrying the capsule that could carry astronauts to the moon, even Mars. Let's watch. Five, four, three, two, one. And liftoff. At dawn. The dawn of Orion and a new era of American space exploration. The engines are in the first stage -- Reporter: As you heard, it is called Orion, at the top of the delta 40 rocket, and going to space. It looks like the Apollo capsules. Nobody on board. This craft will orbit the Earth once, and the second orbit, heads 3600 miles into space. That's the deepest the U.S. Has been since 1972. And then return testing the heat shield. The question is will it work like the craft was returning from the moon. It's a four and a half hour trip, splashing down off the coast of Mexico. A $370 million mission, as I mentioned, this is the capsule that could carry us to an astroid or Mars someday. Four and a half hours. It'll be over. One more time. Always so thrilling to see the liftoffs. Tfrmgts really is. We are witnessing what could be the future of space travel. So we're going to move on now

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