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SLIDESHOW: NASA's Orion launch and landing

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Orion takes off early Friday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:05 a.m. Friday Orion takes off early Friday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:05 a.m. Friday
Orion splashes down 275 miles west of Baja California at 10:29 a.m. Friday Orion splashes down 275 miles west of Baja California at 10:29 a.m. Friday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (KTTC) -- NASA's new Orion spacecraft successfully splashed down in the Pacific on Friday.

The unmanned spacecraft took off early Friday morning on a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles.

From Orion's take off early Friday morning from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to its splash down in the Pacific, this slideshow captured a new era of space exploration.

NASA hopes future Orions will carry astronauts beyond Earth's orbit, to asteroids and ultimately to Mars.

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