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[URL=http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-050610a.html]NASA tests Pad Abort system, building on 50 years of astronaut escape system tests[/URL]
[i]NASA on Thursday successfully test flew an astronaut abort system, recreating a scene last staged during the Apollo program while building upon technology first demonstrated 50 years ago this week.
"The Orion Pad Abort-1 team has successfully tested the first U.S. designed abort system since Apollo," said Doug Cooke, NASA's associate administrator for the exploration systems directorate, at a post-flight briefing. "This system is much more advanced in capability and technology than any abort system designed in the past."[/i]
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