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Despite SLS setback, Orion ready for Artemis I flight

Photo: Lockheed Martin

Paris, 18 January 2021. – Orion is getting ready: NASA’s Artemis I spacecraft has been tested and is ready for its mission to the Moon, Lockheed Martin said.

Orion was transferred to NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems team at Kennedy Space Center, which will perform the final preparations on the spacecraft for its mission to the Moon later this year, the Maryland-based company said.

Orion is NASA’s “human-rated exploration-class” spaceship that will take astronauts into deep space including the Moon and Mars.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for NASA and built the crew module, crew module adaptor and launch abort system. The European Space Agency (ESA) provides the European Service Module for Orion.

The Artemis I mission will be the first launch of the Orion spacecraft aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which suffered a technical setback this weekend.

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