ORION'S FLIGHT TEST
Orion's First Flight
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip
to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.
Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when
the agency's Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight,
designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5-hour, two-orbit
mission around Earth to test Orion's systems, the spacecraft will
travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000
mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before
splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
But the journey for your name doesn't end there. After returning to
Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and
missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue
more miles as members of a global space-faring society.
How Cool is this!!