Orion Spacecraft Being Prepared At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

On February 3, 2016 we had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center for another media event to photograph the Orion Crew Capsule. The Orion spacecraft had been moved from the historical Space Shuttle Landing facility 9 miles down the road to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building.

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Below is a ultra high resolution 435 megapixel 360-degree panoramic image documenting the Orion spacecraft and the media event taking place inside the Operations and Checkout Building (OCB).

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For the first time since the Shuttle program, NASA is building a new spacecraft to carry humans into space and usher in a new era for space exploration. This new spacecraft will take us farther than we’ve gone before and that includes Mars. The craft, named after one of the largest constellations in our night sky and drawing from more than a half century of spaceflight research and development, the Orion capsule is designed to meet the needs for human spaceflight for years to come. It will be the safest, most advanced spacecraft ever built and flexibly enough to take us to a variety of destinations.

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Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building the Orion spacecraft and conducting the flight for NASA. Launching a crewed spacecraft on a path for deep-space exploration will require NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), a rocket that stands taller than the Statue of Liberty and can fire more than 8 million pounds of thrust. To put that into perspective 8 million pounds of thrust is about the same as 135 powerful Boeing 747 jet engines.

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Orion spacecraft UHD Panoramic

Here is another ultra high resolution 612 megapixel 360 degree panoramic image of the Orion crew capsule.

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For more information about Orion visit www.nasa.gov/orion