Bob Bullock IMAX watch party set for Orion space launch

(CNN/KXAN) — We will be one step closer to landing on Mars with the launch of the Orion spacecraft. When Orion lifts off Thursday, it will climb to 3,600 miles and orbit the Earth twice in a 4 ½ hour test run. No astronauts will be aboard, but the trip will give NASA scientists valuable data.

That data will help with future manned missions to asteroids and mars. There is an Orion watch party at the Bob Bullock Museum Thursday morning. You can watch liftoff at 6 a.m. at the IMAX Theatre. There will also be free coffee and pastries. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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