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SpaceX

NASA, SpaceX announce launch of SpaceX's 5th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station delayed until Jan. 6 at the earliest - @NASA

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Photo: NASA shares image of mid-level solar flare that peaked Tuesday night - @NASA

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California drought 2014

California will need 11 trillion gallons of water to end historic drought, NASA says - @mashable

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space

New readings from NASA's Curiosity rover point to mysterious, pulsing source of methane on Mars - @washingtonpost

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space

Photo: NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore, and European Space Agency astronaut Sam Cristoforetti, hold holiday party on International Space Station - @AstroTerry

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Video: Recovery crews aboard the USS Anchorage witnessed the Orion spacecraft as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean - @YouTube's NASAKennedy

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Photo: NASA's Orion spacecraft captured views out its window during the heat of re-entry to Earth - @NASAKennedy

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Video: NASA's Orion spacecraft is filmed on its reentry to Earth by a remotely piloted aircraft - @NASA_Orion

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Orion spacecraft has completed powering down in the Pacific Ocean; Navy recovery team can now approach vehicle to continue recovery - @NASA_Orion

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Photo: A US Navy helicopter from the USS Anchorage heads toward the Orion spacecraft after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean - @LMartinezABC

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Editor's note: Though NASA's Orion test mission was unmanned, the crews aboard the two Navy ships and other vessels now tasked with recovering it from the ocean do face some risk. Flight recovery director Jeremy Graeber said before the launch that, "Nominally, the vehicle coming down should not pose any threats to the recovery forces, but it's a test flight, so there are systems that we are not 100 percent sure we know what position they're in once we're splashed down." - Tricia

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Photo: Chutes guide the Orion spacecraft back to Earth after its 4.5-hour test flight - @NASA

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft splashes down to Earth, lands in Pacific after completing 1st unmanned test flight - live video

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Photo: The 'limb,' or edge, of the Earth is seen as the Orion space capsule orbits on its 1st test flight; the craft is expected to splashdown at in the Pacific at 11:30 am ET - @NASA_Johnson

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft hits intended high point of 3,600 miles above Earth - @AP

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Orion now in final elliptical orbit which will push it up into high-radiation Van Allen belts - @NASA

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Editor's note: Re-ignition of Delta IV rocket should push Orion up out of low-Earth orbit. It will reach 3,600 miles altitude, further than any person-rated capsule since the final Apollo 17 moon flight in December 1972. - Sean

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Video: NASA's Orion spacecraft launches successfully from Cape Canaveral, Fla., first major step towards manned mission attempt to Mars - @abcnews24

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Photo: Onlookers take pictures of NASA's Orion spacecraft in the distance as it launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., earlier - _cheyenne414 on Instagram

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NASA Orion test launch, December 2014

Editor's note: The Orion space capsule, designed for NASA by Lockheed Martin, is planned to take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Today’s test launch is unmanned, and crewed missions aren't expected until at least 2021. - Aaron

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