In a live webcast, NASA has announced that it’s on its way to taking humans further than they’ve ever been before, with the planned December 4 test flight of their Orion space capsule - the spacecraft that they say will soon take humans to the Red Planet.
-Orion will orbit the Earth twice for the first time on a 4.5-hour unmanned mission
-The capsule will be flying at about 5,800 kilometres above the Earth
-If all goes well, the four-person capsule will be set to carry a crew to an asteroid and then to Mars
-NASA predicts they’ll land on the Red Planet by mid-2030.
the Orion test flight should take about 4.5 hours. The test's 2-hour-and-39-minute launch window opens at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) on Dec. 4. Splashdown should happen at about 11:29 a.m. EST (1629 GMT) if all goes according to plan.