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Orion Spacecraft Takes Shape 4
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Orion Spacecraft Takes Shape 4

August 5, 2010
A weld technician looks on as the bulkhead and nosecone of the Orion spacecraft are joined using friction stir welding at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, La. Nondestructive evaluations will validate the strength and integrity of the weld before the spacecraft is prepped for ground testing in flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing tests.