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NASA's Orion completes historic flight, ushers in 'new era'

NASA's Orion completes historic flight, ushers in 'new era'

NASA entered a new era of space exploration on Friday when its Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after going farther from the planet than any spacecraft built for humans in more than 40 years. The maiden test flight — made without astronauts aboard — is a step toward eventually getting astronauts to deep space: first to help snag an asteroid, and then, NASA hopes, to Mars. Orion lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:05 a.m., a day after gusty wind and problems with several valves forced officials to cancel the mission. But on Friday, the 4.5-hour mission appeared to go off flawlessly. "There's your new spacecraft, America," said Mission...

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