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Orion Test Flight Launches
The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad on Dec. 5, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The Orion capsule floats after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 5, following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars.
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