Watch the Orion test flight:
Why is it great? Well, speaking as a Gemini (not my horoscope sign, but the space program going when I first gained sentience) …
<li>First, it is big, fast, cool looking. It actually looks like a rocket that might have been designed a decade before they ever actually made any rockets. It is almost Deco.</li> <li>Second, they got a guy from the 1960s -- with that slightly, nasal, black and white voice people spoke in back then -- to call the <del datetime="2014-12-06T02:10:27+00:00">race</del> <em>launch</em>. </li> <li>Third, Orion is really good at taking selfies. </li> <li>Fourth, it didn't take long. The whole thing was like literally tl;dr.</li>
Oh, and fifth: It worked! Didn’t blow up or anything!
Apparently, the rocket that shot this unit into space is small compared to the one they’ll be using in the future. (More info on the project here.)
Onward to Mars! Finally!