It seems everywhere you turn these days, somebody’s talking about Orion. On television, the radio, in the newspapers ... there’s the word, “Orion.”
But what’s all of the hub-bub about Orion? And why should we care?
Well, in this case, the buzz being created about Orion is not directly related to one of the largest and prettiest constellations in the sky. But, rather, Orion is a new spacecraft that’s being built by NASA for deep-space travel in the not-so-distant future.
Back on Dec. 5, we successfully launched and recovered an unmanned prototype of the Orion capsule, checking out some of the basic systems. This test run included the deployment of a series of parachutes to slow the space ship down to a safe speed for a landing in the ocean.