<p>NASA's <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/#.VGYS9ofMyTk">Orion spacecraft</a>—capable of taking astronauts to space and back—nestles into its latest home at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on November 12.</p> <p>The move is in preparation for a test flight on December 4 to work out any kinks in the safety equipment. The flight will take four hours and orbit the Earth twice.</p> <p><em>—By Jane J. Lee, photo gallery by Nicole Werbeck</em></p>

Ready to Launch

NASA's Orion spacecraft—capable of taking astronauts to space and back—nestles into its latest home at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on November 12.

The move is in preparation for a test flight on December 4 to work out any kinks in the safety equipment. The flight will take four hours and orbit the Earth twice.

—By Jane J. Lee, photo gallery by Nicole Werbeck

Photograph by John Raoux, Associated Press

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