The space capsule, designed by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled to launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket on December 5, 7:05 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The ship will be unmanned.
The Orion capsule is seen as the first step in America’s plans to put people on Mars by the mid-2030s.
According to The Daily Mail, the launch was originally set to commence on Wednesday, but a series of issues resulted in its delay until 12:05 GMT on Friday, December 5. The newspaper reports that the delay was caused by unfavorable weather conditions and some minor technical problems, which prompted the NASA crew to spend additional time re-testing the space capsule’s systems. In addition, a rogue boat strayed into the restricted area surrounding the launch pad, forcing NASA to abort the scheduled liftoff.