See what it’s like to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in Orion! New amazing NASA video!

Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth’s atmosphere during its Dec. 5 flight test.

The video begins 10 minutes before Orion’s 11:29 a.m. EST splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, just as the spacecraft was beginning to experience Earth’s atmosphere. Peak heating from the friction caused by the atmosphere rubbing against Orion’s heat shield comes less than two minutes later, and the footage shows the plasma created by the interaction change from white to yellow to lavender to magenta as the temperature increases. The video goes on to show the deployment of Orion’s parachutes and the final splash as it touches down.

NASA Video: All About that Space! – Parody!

All About That Space

“All About That Space” is a volunteer outreach video project created by the Pathways Interns of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It was created as a parody (to raise interest and excitement for Orion’s first flight) of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

President Obama congratulates @NASA_Orion team, including chief engineer JULIE KRAMER WHITE!!

President Obama, speaking to the Senior Executive Service, recognized Julie Kramer White, Orion’s chief engineer, for the successful Orion flight test. He also noted the spacecraft’s mission, saying that “when a human is the first to set foot (on Mars), they will have Julie and her team to thank and at that point, I’ll be out of the presidency and I might hitch a ride.”

President Obama Speaks to Senior Executive Service

President Obama recognizes Orion Chief Engineer Julie Kramer White during remarks.

@NASA_Orion test flight complete with splashdown and recovery! Congrats @NASA! #space

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@NASA_Orion spacecraft test flight updates via @NASA twitter account #JourneyToMars


Missed the @NASA_Orion launch this morning? Watch the impressive @NASA video here! #space

In case you missed the launch of the Orion Spacecraft at 7am EST this morning (which I watched in bed), here is a video of the impressive SLS Rocket Launch!!

Orion Soars on First Flight Test

NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched successfully atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket Dec. 5 at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is the first flight test for NASA’s new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars. The 4.5 hour flight is scheduled to conclude with the splashdown of Orion in the Pacific Ocean.

@NASA_Orion Launch has been delayed 3 times so far- Launch window til 9:44 am EST – boat and wind violations #JourneyToMars

NASANASA has seen an initial delay in the launch of the Orion Spacecraft due to a boat in the range, and then 2 subsequent delays due to wind violations. The launch window extends until 9:44 am EST. Livestream the launch here!


Don’t miss the launch of the @NASA_Orion test flight tomorrow at 7:05am EST – @NASA livestream #JourneytoMars

Don’t forget! Tomorrow the Orion Spacecraft will blast off on a test flight just after 7 am EST! NASA livestream of the launch here, starts at 4am! More info on the NASA Orion blog here (image credit).

Critical Step on Journey to Mars
The countdown is on for Thursday’s 7:05 a.m. EST launch of NASA’s new human spacecraft, Orion, on its first voyage to space. Lifting off aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket, the un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Pacific. Meteorologists upgraded their outlook to a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a trip to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

Check out previous CauseScience posts about Orion.

Also, there is a great article on UniverseToday comparing heavy lift launch systems including the SLS!

Check out the A-to-Zs of the Orion Spacecraft in prep for Thursday’s launch – twitter win! @NASA #JourneyToMars @NASA_Orion

In preparation for the test flight of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, the NASA twitter account (@NASA) tweeted the A-to-Zs of Orion.  CauseScience is definitely excited for the launch of Orion this Thursday! The launch is one of the first major steps towards NASA’s journey to Mars. We have our fingers crossed for good weather!

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