In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
You can watch the liftoff at the NASA web site, or through NASA TV, at about 7:05 AM.
The first planned launch of the Orion with people on board is scheduled for 2021. The spaceship might eventually go to Mars.
What makes putting people into outer space a project worth pursuing?