This is What Orion Looks Like Naked

By Attila Nagy on at

It's amazing how effective those thermal shields are on NASA's Orion spacecraft. With all of the panels removed for a viewing by Kennedy Space Center workers, you can hardly see any heat-related damage under the skin of the spacecraft.

It's also worth noticing how intact the U.S. flag painted on the panel on the right side is. That is one some tough paint they must have used to decorate Orion.

The spacecraft was launched on its first, four-and-a-half hour flight test (Exploration Flight Test #1) on December 5th, and successfully splashed down into the Pacific Ocean after completing orbits around the Earth and a spectacular fiery reentry. Now the spacecraft is inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and will soon be transported to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility for de-servicing and further data analysis. [NASA/Kim Shiflett]