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This NASA photo shows an unmanned space module during a flight to test a launch-abort system for a future lunar landing programThis NASA photo shows an unmanned space module during a flight to test a launch-abort system for a future lunar landing program (AFP Photo/HO)

Washington (AFP) – NASA carried out a successful test Tuesday of a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule designed to take US astronauts to the Moon.

The three-minute exercise at Cape Canaveral in Florida aimed to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the capsule in the event of an explosion or rocket booster failure.

The test “put us one huge step closer to the first Artemis flight carrying people to the Moon,” said Orion

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