NASA Orion Launch Test: Live Updates

PHOTO: The Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft sits on the launch pad awaiting lift off from the Cape Canveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dec. 5, 2014.Scott Audette/Reuters
The Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft sits on the launch pad awaiting lift off from the Cape Canveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dec. 5, 2014.

NASA's Orion spacecraft lifted off this morning from Cape Canaveral to the delight of NASA engineers, who had been forced to scrub the launch on Thursday after a trio of problems.

The Orion space capsule is seen as crucial step toward the dream on one day sending a manned mission to Mars.

Once it does lift off, NASA will be watching closely to see how Orion holds up to a series of stress tests in space.

A scheduled launch Thursday was postponed due to wind gusts, a stray boat in the launch zone and technical issues.

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