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New video recorded during NASA's Orion return through Earth's atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth's atmosphere during its Dec. 5 flight test.

During this Dec. 2 prelaunch news briefing about the first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft, officials from NASA, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance discussed the status of prelaunch operations and the activities of the mission itself.

Video: NASA's Orion Cockpit

Orion's December flight test will be uncrewed, but the spacecraft is meant to carry people. Astronaut Lee Morin shows off the cockpit future Orion crews will use in this video. The first test flight of Orion is scheduled for December 4th.

Orion Heat Shield Installed

NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have installed the largest heat shield ever constructed on the crew module of the agency's Orion spacecraft. The work marks a major milestone on the path toward the spacecraft's first launch in December.

A test version of Orion is dropped from a C-17, while flying 13,000 feet above the Arizona desert at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground on April 23.

The parachute system designed for NASA's Orion spacecraft passed another hurdle on Feb. 26, in a test that put extra stress on its drogue parachutes and simulated a failure of one of its three main parachutes.

The heat shield for NASA's Orion spacecraft was loaded onto a Super Guppy plane in Manchester, N.H. on Dec. 4, for transport to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

ESA Orion Milestones

A milestone in developing Europe's contribution to NASA's Orion crew vehicle, expected to take human crews beyond Earth orbit later this decade, has been set for next May.

NASA Powers on Orion

NASA's first-ever deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on for the first time, marking a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orion ground test vehicle has been lifted high in the air by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

NASA is carrying out a series of tests to ensure the agency's Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairings, or covers, during its ride to space. During the first of these tests, two of the three fairing panels separated as planned, but a third didn't.

ESA agreed with NASA today to contribute a driving force to the Orion spacecraft planned for launch in 2017. Ultimately, Orion will carry astronauts further into space than ever before using a module based on Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle technology.

Orion Spacecraft Water Impact Testing

Water impact test of an 18,000-pound (8,165 kilogram) test version of the Orion spacecraft at NASA's Langley Research Center on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.

Image: Testing Orion's Parachutes

On April 17, 2012, NASA conducted a test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test-1.

NASA EDGE - Orion Sims (Part 3 of 3)

Whether youre working on Orion Feng Shui or docking with the ISS, NASA EDGE explores the latest in Orion Simulators at Lockheed Martin and NASA.

NASA Edge - Orion Sims (Part 2 of 3)

Whether youre working on Orion Feng Shui or docking with the ISS, NASA EDGE explores the latest in Orion Simulators at Lockheed Martin and NASA.

NASA Edge - Orion Sims (Part 1 of 3)

Whether youre working on Orion Feng Shui or docking with the ISS, NASA EDGE explores the latest in Orion Simulators at Lockheed Martin and NASA.