CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (WAFF) - A lot of people working the Orion mission are going to bed early Wednesday evening, getting ready to start their pre-flight activities that begin later on in the night.
Orion stretches its legs, so to speak, when it is launched for a test flight Thursday morning.
We got a chance to go out to the launch pad Wednesday, where the unmanned crew capsule sits on top of the Decatur-built Delta IV Heavy rocket awaiting
It's a massive vehicle, the most powerful flying from Earth today.
NASA officials said the excitement is palpable - reminiscent of the first Apollo missions. It's our first step of sending humans beyond low-earth orbit.
We all know NASA is known for its acronyms. Wednesday, Administrator Charlie Bolden went out on the edge to describe the historic launch.
"It's a huge day for us. I have come accustomed to using the term 'BFD.' If you don't know what that means, I'll let someone else explain it to you. I got that from the vice president," Bolden laughed.
Bolden got emotional talking about the mission at the launch complex. He says this is exactly what he wanted to see: excitement from the international space community.
Star power of the Hollywood set were also in attendance Wednesday. Star Trek actor LeVar Burton was on hand to share in the experience.