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Orion returns home after 3,600 mile trip into space

Orion returns to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Source: NASA) Orion returns to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Source: NASA)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (WAFF) - Orion returned home to Kennedy Space Center on Thursday after a very long journey.

The unmanned spacecraft was blasted into space atop a Delta IV Heavy Rocket on Dec. 5 and traveled 3,600 miles into space, then splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.

The NASA crew module was recovered by a U.S. Navy ship and then transported back to Florida by the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program.

Now that Orion is at Kennedy Space Center, data will be collected to see how the test flight went. The heat shield will be shaved off and sent to Huntsville for further testing.

The next Orion flight is scheduled for 2018 and will also be unmanned.

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