The first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft is a year away, and across the nation the components are coming together.
Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

 

EFT-1 Orion Comes Alive at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

By Mark Usciak

HUNTSVILLE, Ala — The elements for the Orion spacecraft that will conduct the Exploration Flight Test 1 mission are coming together. As a photographer that shoots for AmericaSpace, I decided to visit NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center, located in Huntsville, Ala., and I was treated to a tour of the space agency’s facilities there and compiled the following photographic feature.

I was shown the new tank welding machine. Although no welding took place the day of this tour, segments were lifted into the individual welding jigs. The components shown here will be part of the Orion spacecraft’s interstage.

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