CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.(WVUE) - NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully launched into orbit on Friday morning.
The high-stakes test flight was initially scheduled to launch Thursday morning. However, due to adverse wind conditions, NASA was forced to postpone the launch until Friday.
The unmanned journey began at 7:05 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is the first flight test for NASA's new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA's journey to Mars.
The 4.5 hour flight is scheduled to conclude with a splashdown of Orion in the Pacific Ocean.