NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system

National News

July 2, 2019 - 10:28 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA conducted a full-stress launch abort test today for the Orion capsules designed to carry astronauts to the moon.

The capsule was empty for the morning demo, which officials said appeared to be successful.

Barely a minute after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the abort motor fired, pulling the capsule from the booster about six miles up. The capsule continued upward another two miles, then flipped to jettison the abort tower.

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