Orion’s First Launch — December 4th


Coming this December, NASA will be launching Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft on its first flight (EFT1). The Orion spacecraft is an essential piece of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and will be the capsule that will be carrying astronauts into space. Unlike the Russian Soyuz and even the Space X Dragon, Orion and SLS will be used by NASA to take humanity further into space for missions on asteroids, the Moon, and even Mars. While it may remind some of the Apollo capsule, Orion will have much more advanced technology and have more space, carrying up to 6 astronauts compared to Apollo’s 3.


The launch is currently scheduled for no earlier than December 4th. As with all launches, it is important to remember that these dates can change for many reasons. Stay tuned to our website for updates to the launch’s date and time. Check out NASA’s Orion webpage for more launch and spacecraft details.



The Columbia Memorial Space Center will be hosting an all-day celebration event for Orion’s first launch on Thursday, December 4th from 10 AM – 5PM!  View our flyer for more details!

Admission: $5 per person

FREE Admission for CMSC Members!


Orion flyer



Contact us for more event information.

Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM  (562) 231-1200



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