(ABC News)–A successful blast off for NASA on Tuesday, that hopefully puts astronauts one step closer to NASA’s goal of getting back to the moon by 2024.
The launch was a test of the abort system for the Orion Spacecraft, which would provide an escape plan for astronauts on board of something goes wrong during liftoff.
Barely a minute after lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the abort motor fired, pulling the capsule from the booster about 6 miles up. NASA let this capsule splash into the atlantic at 300 miles per hour – no one was inside.
Instead, twelve data recorders carrying critical information, loaded in bright orange canisters, pop off before impact.
NASA said there is a GPS receiver in the canisters, to find them.
NASA has successfully retrieved all twelve of the data recorders, but says it will still take a few months to go through all the information collected by the hundreds of vehicle sensors.