Along with Dallas and Huntsville, Alabama, Oklahoma City is one of the three lucky cities to display a full scale test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft as it is moved from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Used by ground crews in advance of the 2010 launch abort system flight test that took place in New Mexico, the crew module arrives at Science Museum Oklahoma on January 24th and will be in town for only two days.
The event begins at 9 a.m. on Tuesday with the Orion spacecraft display and interactive NASA activities throughout the museum. "Night with NASA" is scheduled to follow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Wednesday the 25th, NASA Astronaut Terry Virts will host presentations in the Science Live! Auditorium at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Virts was pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station in 2010.
Orion will serve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, with orbital flight testing set to begin in 2014.
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