Piece of Orion’s puz­zle

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

NASA’s Orion space­craft will be­come a pow­er­house for space ex­plo­ration in the near fu­ture. Pic­tured here, the Euro­pean-built Ser­vice Mod­ule can be seen on its way to Kennedy Space Cen­tre in Flor­ida, United States, from

Ham­burg, Ger­many.

The Euro­pean Ser­vice Mod­ule (ESM) was loaded onto an Antonov An-124 Rus­lan air­craft and flown over the At­lantic in prepa­ra­tion for Ex­plo­ration Mis­sion-1, the first in­te­grated flight test of NASA’s Deep Space Ex­plo­ration Sys­tems. The ESM in this case will pro­pel, power and

cool Orion dur­ing flight.

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