Orion, with its ATV-derived Service Module can be seen connected to its booster’s upper stage in this artist’s depiction. Image Credit: NASA http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/airbus-build-service-module-nasas-orion-spacecraft-2/
On Monday, September 19, 2016, OSIRIS-REx’s OCAMS MapCam camera recorded a star field in Taurus, north of the constellation Orion as part of the spacecraft’s post-launch instrument check. MapCam’s first color image is a composite of three of its four color filters, roughly corresponding to blue, green, and red wavelengths. The three images are processed to remove noise, co-registered, and enhanced to emphasize dimmer stars. Image credit: NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona.
Rocket Boosters Prepared For Orion Spacecraft's First Flight
Rocket Boosters Prepared For Orion Spacecraft's First Flight - Engineers took another step forward in preparations for the first test flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft in December. At the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF), at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the three primary core elements of the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket recently were integrated, forming the first stage of the launch.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. The Orion spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean.