It has been over 4 decades since humans have traveled in a space shuttle and now with this new test mission it looks as though it could be happening in the near future. The Orion space capsule was built with the one mission to carry humans back to space. Before it can start doing so, NASA has several test launches scheduled to ensure the safety of humans who may be traveling aboard it in the future. The plans for the launch are expected to happen December 4th and the capsule would travel 3,600 miles from Earth and then head back.
The last time we saw humans travel to space was in 1972 aboard the Apollo capsule. No other capsules have carried humans into low orbit Earth. This will be a new adventure for humans who are looking to get into space. But first thing first, the safety precautions will need to measure up. NASA is looking to make history with this new capsule by taking humans much further than Apollo ever did. They are expecting to have humans travel to asteroids by the mid-2030s.
With this new mission, there are much more concerns to be had. Unlike Apollo, if something goes wrong aboard the Orion, it will take the crew days to get home instead of an hour. Safety is the agency’s biggest concern at this point. The heat and exposure to radiation are two of the biggest concerns they are trying to address.
Orion’s mission may be compared to the Apollo mission but the aircraft looks completely different. In fact, the Orion will have the ability to carry up to 6 passengers unlike the 3 person capacity of the Apollo. Because it has been so long, the technology is drastly different making the Orion much more technical than Apollo. It will be interesting to see how this can all help with the new Orion mission.