Amazing footage shows NASA’s 141-foot ‘Super Guppy’ aircraft delivering the Orion spacecraft to a testing facility in Ohio ahead 2024 mission to land the first woman and next man on the Moon (10 Pics)

Hundreds of space fans braved the Ohio cold to get a glimpse of the spaceship that will take humanity back to the moon - and to see the massive 'Super Guppy' plane.
The Orion crew and service module was being moved to NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio where it will undergo environmental testing ahead of a spaceflight in 2020.
The module arrived, wrapped up for transport, on the Super Guppy aircraft - the largest aircraft in the NASA fleet that is used to transport large pieces of cargo including spacecraft and parts of rockets.
Super Guppy is NASAs largest aircraft and was used during the original Apollo moon missions to transport parts of the Saturn V rocket to different locations. 

Super Guppy is NASAs largest aircraft and was used during the original Apollo moon missions to transport parts of the Saturn V rocket to different locations. It opened its giant fuselage to load and unload Orion
Super Guppy is NASAs largest aircraft and was used during the original Apollo moon missions to transport parts of the Saturn V rocket to different locations. It opened its giant fuselage to load and unload Orion
Super Guppy landed at Mandfield Lahm Airport in Ohio on Sunday where hundreds of people lined the streets to meet the iconic craft and see Orion arrive.
People had also come in the hope of meeting members of the Orion mission team including astronaut Doug Wheelock.
While at the Plum Brook Station Orion will be put through its paces to determine whether the June 2020 flight around the moon can go ahead. 
While at the Plum Brook Station Orion will be put through its paces to determine whether the June 2020 flight around the moon can go ahead
While at the Plum Brook Station Orion will be put through its paces to determine whether the June 2020 flight around the moon can go ahead
The Orion crew and service module was being moved to NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio where it will undergo environmental testing ahead of a spaceflight in 2020
The Orion crew and service module was being moved to NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio where it will undergo environmental testing ahead of a spaceflight in 2020
'The tests will confirm the spacecraft's systems perform as designed, while ensuring safe operation for the crew during future Artemis missions – both on the ground and inflight,' said Nicole Smith, project manager for Orion testing.
'We like to say 'we test like we fly,' and that is exactly what we are going to accomplish during the upcoming Artemis 1 environmental test.'
Plum Brook Station houses the world's largest vacuum chamber where Orion will undergo a thermal test for 60 days in space environment conditions.
During this phase of testing Orion will be subjected to extreme temperatures from -250 Fahrenheit to 300 Fahrenheit to replicate flying in and out of sunlight and shadow in space. 
The module arrived, wrapped up for transport, on the Super Guppy aircraft - the largest aircraft in the NASA fleet that is used to transport large pieces of cargo including spacecraft and parts of rockets
The module arrived, wrapped up for transport, on the Super Guppy aircraft - the largest aircraft in the NASA fleet that is used to transport large pieces of cargo including spacecraft and parts of rockets
After Orion has finished its vacuum thermal test it will go through an electromagnetic interference test for 14 days.
This is where every electronic component will be tested to ensure they work properly when operated, even when operated at the same time.
'This facility is the only place in the world that can perform these mission-critical tests under one roof,' said Bob Kowalski, facility manager. 
'This one-stop capability reduces risk by eliminating the need to transport a vehicle to multiple locations to test, and the skill of our workforce makes it the best place to evaluate spacecraft.' 

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Plum Brook Station houses the world's largest vacuum chamber where Orion will undergo a thermal test for 60 days in space environment conditions 
After all the tests are complete Orion will board the Super Guppy again for a return journey to the Kennedy Space Centre where it will be prepared for its first mission.
If the tests go well it will begin integration with the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and other pre-launch preparations ahead of its 2020 launch date.
Artemis-1 will see Orion fly to the moon without a crew, spending three weeks in space including six days in a retrograde lunar orbit.
When Orion finishes its tests it will be loaded on to the 141-foot ¿Super Guppy¿ aircraft to go back to the NASA Kennedy Space Station ahead of its flight to the moon
When Orion finishes its tests it will be loaded on to the 141-foot ‘Super Guppy’ aircraft to go back to the NASA Kennedy Space Station ahead of its flight to the moon
If all tests are passed then Orion will be returned to the Kennedy Space Centre where it will be prepared for its first mission in 2020.
If all tests are passed then Orion will be returned to the Kennedy Space Centre where it will be prepared for its first mission in 2020.
This will be followed sometime in 2022/2023 by Artemis-2 which will see a crewed mission do a fly-by of the moon then return to Earth.
In 2024, assuming the previous missions have gone well, Artemis-3 will send a crew of astronauts to land on the moon.
The missions are named after Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the moon in Greek mythology. 
This will be the first time humanity has been on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972 when Eugene A Cernan, Ronald E Evans and Harrison H Schmitt spend three days on the lunar surface.  
Artemis-1 will see Orion fly to the moon without a crew, spending three weeks in space including six days in a retrograde lunar orbit
Artemis-1 will see Orion fly to the moon without a crew, spending three weeks in space including six days in a retrograde lunar orbit

WHAT IS NASA'S ARTEMIS MISSION TO THE MOON?

Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. 
NASA has chosen her to personify its path back to the Moon, which will see astronauts return to the lunar surface by 2024 -  including the first woman and the next man.
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars. 
Artemis 1 will be the first integrated flight test of NASA’s deep space exploration system: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  
Artemis 1 will be an uncrewed flight that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond. 
During this flight, the spacecraft will launch on the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown.
It will travel 280,000 miles (450,600 km) from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon over the course of about a three-week mission. 
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars. This graphic explains the various stages of the mission
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars. This graphic explains the various stages of the mission
Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before. 
With this first exploration mission, NASA is leading the next steps of human exploration into deep space where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. 
The will take crew on a different trajectory and test Orion’s critical systems with humans aboard.
The SLS rocket will from an initial configuration capable of sending more than 26 metric tons to the Moon, to a final configuration that can send at least 45 metric tons. 
Together, Orion, SLS and the ground systems at Kennedy will be able to meet the most challenging crew and cargo mission needs in deep space.
Eventually NASA seeks to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028 as a result of the Artemis mission.
The space agency hopes this colony will uncover new scientific discoveries, demonstrate new technological advancements and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy. 
Amazing footage shows NASA’s 141-foot ‘Super Guppy’ aircraft delivering the Orion spacecraft to a testing facility in Ohio ahead 2024 mission to land the first woman and next man on the Moon (10 Pics) Amazing footage shows NASA’s 141-foot ‘Super Guppy’ aircraft delivering the Orion spacecraft to a testing facility in Ohio ahead 2024 mission to land the first woman and next man on the Moon (10 Pics) Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 08:47 Rating: 5

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