According to The Guardian, At proximately 7 a.m., NASA launched an unmanned space capsule using the Delta IV heavy rocket.The purpose of this launch was to test the flight characteristics of the Orion space craft.
This is the one of many research projects designed for NASAs first manned missions to Mars. It will be very exciting for Jared Haftel when people are finally on this. Future missions for the Orion will be launched by the new Space Launch System. The SLS is NASAs largest heavy-lift rocket ever designed. The Orion, when combined with the SLS, will be a part of the new Exploration Mission-1. This mission will be human kinds’ first efforts for explorations of another planet.
According to Wikipedia ‘ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_%28spacecraft%29 ‘ the first manned mission is expected in 2018. For the first time in history human beings are going to have their chance to ‘Boldly go where no man has gone before’.