NASA’s deep space capsule poised for 2nd launch bid

Cape Canaveral (AFP) Dec 05, 2014

NASA counted down Friday to its second try at test-launching the deep space Orion capsule on its first journey into orbit, after wind gusts and rocket problems delayed Thursday’s attempt.

The unmanned four-hour flight aims to test crucial systems like the heat shield and parachute splashdown on a spacecraft that could one day transport humans to an asteroid, the Moon or Mars.

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