NASA powered its spacecraft Orion for the first time near the end of October. The spacecraft is NASA’s first deep-space shuttle and is expected to launch in Fall 2014.
Over the past year, components for the Orion spacecraft have been delivered and placed accordingly- over 66,000 parts so far.
“It’s been an exciting ride so far, but we’re really getting to the good part now,” said Mark Geyer, Orion program manager. “This is where we start to see the finish line. Our team across the country has been working hard to build the hardware that goes into Orion, and now the vehicle and all our plans are coming to life.” (Quote from NASA’s Press Release)