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The spacecraft will now undergo a series of suitability tests in an empty chamber. In the tests the spacecraft will be in a near vacuum environment by expelling air and creating a space where the pressure is very low. The result is the absence of an atmosphere, as it were
The new year is expected to be full of exciting space missions, from rocket launches and landings to the moon, manned flights around the moon, a new spacecraft to explore Jupiter and a demonstration flight of a new supply spacecraft to the space station
The four astronauts aboard Orion will use a target attached to the space propulsion stage to demonstrate approach operations to test Orion's navigation capabilities. The target underwent illumination tests in May to ensure it could be seen
An astronomer explains what to expect and why it's important and how technological developments in the last 50 years have made the moon a much more accessible place
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