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Main » 2014 » December » 25 » On Christmas Eve 1968 Apollo 8 were the first humans to witness Earthrise and now Nasa’s new Orion is the future of human endeavor
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On Christmas Eve 1968 Apollo 8 were the first humans to witness Earthrise and now Nasa’s new Orion is the future of human endeavor

Nasa has just released a new video showing the return to earth of its Orion spacecraft. The 10-minute video is quite a trip for the capsule. It reminds me of the final sequences of the great Stanley Kubrick film 2001 A Space Odyssey. As Orion hits the friction created by the planets atmosphere at 20,000 mph the plasma builds up and changes colour due to temperature increases. The capsule uses the same heat shield tiles that the space shuttle developed. The video follows the craft as it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. It has been incorrectly described as old technology, being compared with Apollo and Soyuz capsules. This cannot be further from the truth, as Orion will carry twice the passengers into deep space. It will travel longer, faster and be subjected to forces that no other manned craft has withstood before.


The Delta IV heavy rocket lifts from Cape Canaveral

Orion is the next level in human exploration. Critics have been particularly vocal about the billions spent on such a venture. I feel these detractors ignore human evolution. For us to strive we must succeed in pushing the limits and the alternative has been spending trillions on war in order to develop advances regarding technology. It is time to take the practical step and go beyond the moon into deep space and explore. For more details on Orion click the link below where there is a great web graphic that explains the vehicle in more depth.


The Orion capsule reduces it's speed from 20,000 mph to 20 mph before landing in the ocean

2014 has seen some great advances in space exploration. Nasa, Space X and ESA have led the way. Rosetta has landed on a comet moving ever closer to the sun. I will leave you with the latest photograph taken on that comet. It shows the one-kilometer high cliffs at the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It is an intriguing sight, and with a comet probably being the first deep space object man will take Orion, it is a tantalising glimpse into the unknown. We do know that there is little surface gravity and the components of this comet are different from those that could have brought water to Earth. As Orion prepares for its deep space challenge, so the next true important worldwide journey will begin.


The cliffs of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko
- below is the comet as captured from Rosetta

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Nasa's Orion Infosite
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