NASA's new Orion spaceship arrives in Florida; to fly in 2014

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An Orion space capsule being developed to fly astronauts to asteroids, the moon and eventually to Mars arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a 2014 test flight, NASA said on Monday. The spacecraft, built by Lockheed-Martin, is targeted for launch aboard an unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, adjacent to the NASA spaceport. Though designed to carry a crew of four, Orion will make its first two flights unmanned. 'It's not a PowerPoint chart. It's a real spacecraft,' Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said during a ceremony Monday marking the capsule's arrival. The 2014 launch is intended to test Orion's heat shield, parachutes and other systems.

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