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This Week at NASA: Orion Success and More

The successful first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft on Dec. 5 not only was a historic moment for the agency - but also was a critical step on NASA's Journey to Mars.

NASA invited social media members Nov. 18 and 19 to the agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center for a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly.

In preparation for its first spaceflight test next month, NASA's Orion spacecraft was transported from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Abort System Facility to Space Launch Complex 37 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 11, arriving at the launch pad early Nov. 12.

A NASA media briefing on Nov. 6 at Kennedy Space Center highlighted the fully assembled Orion spacecraft and details of its first test flight, scheduled for Dec. 4.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was recently detached from the International Space Station for its return to Earth, just over a month after delivering about 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the ISS.

Several Mars-based NASA spacecraft had prime viewing positions for comet Siding Spring's October 19 close flyby of the Red Planet. Early images included a composite photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope that combined shots of Mars, the comet, and a star background to illustrate Siding Spring's distance from Mars at closest approach.

During an October 15 spacewalk outside the International Space Station - the second U.S. spacewalk in as many weeks - Expedition 41 Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore of NASA, replaced a failed voltage regulation device to restore the station's electrical power output to full capacity.

On September 25, Eastern time, NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore and his Expedition 41/42 crewmates, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency, launched to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

During a September 16 news conference at Kennedy Space Center - a major announcement by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden that Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen to transport U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station - effectively putting America back into the business of launching humans to space - ending our sole reliance on Russia by 2017.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, other NASA officials and representatives from The Boeing Company participated in a September 12 ribbon cutting for the new 170-foot-high Vertical Assembly Center at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Precipitation information from the first six months of the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory mission now is fully available to the public.

On August 27, NASA announced a milestone in development of the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.

During an August 20 event at NASA headquarters, called Ancient Earth, Alien Earths, a panel of scientists from NASA and other organizations discussed how vastly different and inhospitable we all would find ancient Earth, if we could go back in time.

A month after its launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide - has reached its final operating orbit and returned its first science data.

This Week at NASA: Next Giant Leap

It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon that changed the course of history. The Apollo missions blazed a path for human exploration to the moon and today NASA is taking its Next Giant Leap to near-Earth asteroids, Mars and beyond. As we develop and test the new tools of 21st century spaceflight on the human path to Mars, we once again will change the course of history.

NASA is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, with crewmate Michael Collins manning the command service module from lunar orbit, became the first humans on the moon -- with Armstrong's historic first step onto the lunar surface becoming a symbolic giant leap for humanity.

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo craft launched from Wallops Flight Facility on the Orbital-2 mission -- the company's second operational resupply mission to the International Space Station, under its Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission is underway. Launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, OCO-2 will help track our impact on the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and help us better understand the various human-made and natural sources of CO-2.

A special program at NASA headquarters, helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

At Kennedy Space Center, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana and other officials invited the media to view prelaunch progress of the Orion spacecraft.

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