NASA's Orion Spacecraft to Land in Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soonwill make a cross-country journey, giving residents in three states the chanceto see a full-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deepspace.

The crew module will make stops during a trip from the White Sands MissileRange in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The planned stopsinclude Jan. 24-25 at Science MuseumOklahoma in Oklahoma City; Jan.27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallas; and, Feb. 1-2 at the U.S. Space and RocketCenter in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, program officials, astronauts andNASA spokespeople will be available to speak with the media and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by ground crews in advance of the launchabort system flight test that took place in New Mexico in 2010. Orion willserve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, and thefirst orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.

To see photos of the pad abort test, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/abort_test/index.htm.

For more information on the each of the sites, visit

Science Museum Oklahoma: http://www.sciencemuseumok.org.

American Airlines Center: http://www.americanairlinescenter.com.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: http://www.ussrc.com.