Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
NASA’s Orion spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin will take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before! Orion is the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency escape, if needed, sustain the crew during the space travel, then provide safe return from deep space. Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
Orion took this first step on December 5, 2014, when the unscrewed spacecraft launched atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, then traveled 3,600 miles during its two-orbit trip around Earth.
The next mission for the Journey to Mars is set for 2018 when NASA’s powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System, will launch from Kennedy Space Center and carry the Orion spacecraft without astronauts thousands of miles beyond the moon.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is perched on a pedestal inside the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center for post-mission processing in January 2015.
Erected by Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Exploration. A significant historical date for this entry is December 5, 2014.
Location. 28° 31.444′ N, 80° 40.911′ W. Marker is in Merritt Island, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Space Commerce Way and NASA Parkway West, on the left when traveling east. Teh marker is located within the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 NASA Pkwy W, Merritt Island FL 32953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Back On Top (a few steps from this marker); Mars Exploration Rover (within shouting distance of this marker); Swords Into Plowshares (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); SATAN Tracking Antenna (about 400 feet away); NASA’s Jet Set (about 400 feet away); Aiming at the Heavens (about 400 feet away); Shooting the Moon, Dreaming of Stars (about 400 feet away); Learning to Drive (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merritt Island.
Also see . . .
1. Orion Project. (Submitted on July 8, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. (Submitted on July 8, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 8, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.