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[b]NASA's Orion Space Capsule Mock-Up Heads West[/b]
Late in the evening of March 27, the Orion crew module simulator was loaded on a C-17 aircraft. Next stop -- NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, for more flight test work -- including the installation of flight computers, instruments and other electronics.
Late this year, the full-size structural model will be propelled off a simulated launch pad at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to test Orion's astronaut escape system, which will ensure a safe, reliable escape for astronauts in case of an emergency.
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