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Help Wanted: Be An Astronaut

17 Dec 2015, 17:05 UTC
Help Wanted: Be An Astronaut
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These are actors from a video about the first launch of Orion. The actual roles of “Orion crew members” are yet to be cast.
Many moons ago, an Orion program executive asked on a Twitter chat what advice he would have for the first crew that will fly on the spacecraft the team is building.
The answer could have gone in any number of directions, from how the steering’s going to handle to what to pack for the trip. But what he said was this:
“Hang on! You’re about to make history!”
For me, that response was a good reminder – it’s one thing to remember the historic significance of the first crewed flight of Orion and SLS as a huge stepping stone in human exploration of the solar system, but it’s another thing altogether to appreciate that step as an incredibly unique experience for the individuals involved. When the crew returns to Earth at the end of the mission, they will share stories of what it was like to have the personal experience of looking past the moon and seeing our home planet in the distance beyond.
Others will follow them, and come back with their own incredible stories ...

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