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NASA: 'There's Your New Spacecraft, America!"

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NASA's Orion spacecraft is shown in flight above earth, following a Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014 launch. (Photo: NASA) NASA's Orion spacecraft is shown in flight above earth, following a Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014 launch. (Photo: NASA)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)- NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bull's-eye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars.

The unmanned test flight ended 4½ hours after it began and achieved at least one record: flying farther and faster than any capsule built for humans since the Apollo moon program.

NASA is counting on future Orions to carry astronauts beyond Earth's orbit, to asteroids and ultimately the grand prize: Mars.

"There's your new spacecraft, America," Mission Control commentator Rob Navias said as the Orion capsule neared the water.

Navies called the four-hour, 24-minute journey "the most perfect flight you could ever imagine."

NASA said the capsule's computers were not affected by high radiation, one of the key questions they hoped to answer with the test.

Orion's return was captured by an unmanned drone flying over the recovery zone, providing spectacular views of the descending capsule. Helicopters then relayed images of the crew module bobbing in the water. Three of the five air bags deployed properly, enough to keep the capsule floating upright.

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