Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mockup of NASA Orion spacecraft coming to Tallahassee

A full-scale mockup of NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle is coming to the Challenger Learning Center on Monday as it travels from the Kennedy Space Center to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Orion is part of NASA’s Constellation Program, which is developing America’s next-generation human spacecraft, said Jessie Riley Eason, a spokeswoman for the Challenger Center.

It will be at the Challenger Center bus ramp at College Avenue and Duval Street noon-3 p.m.

The mockup is used in tests to study the environment for astronauts and recovery crews after splashdown.

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