Exploration Flight Test-1
Exploration Flight Test-1 or EFT-1 was the maiden flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft. It was launched on 2014-Dec-5, 12:05 UTC by a Delta IV Heavy rocket from which it orbited Earth twice before testing its heat shield upon reentry about four hours into flight
- EFT-1 can only be seen on 2014-Dec-5 from 12:05 to 16:29 UTC
- The XYZV trajectory used is only about less than 90% historically accurate due to lack of actual state vector data publicly available in sites such as JPL HORIZONS
EFT-1 and the Moon, two days before launch, 2014-Dec-3
Orion splashes down the Pacific Ocean following the successful EFT-1 mission
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