SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Mars Mounds, Fausto Rages, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Mars Mounds, Fausto Rages, More
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July 18, 2008—Three, two, one, blastoff!

A rocket motor ignites at the Areojet facility in Sacramento, California, during a July 18 test, part of efforts to develop a jettison motor for NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle (see an illustration of Orion). The engine will fire to separate the crew module from the spacecraft's launch-abort system after a successful lift-off.

Orion will eventually carry astronauts to the moon and Mars as the successor to the space shuttle, which is slated for retirement in 2010.

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