Sen. Bill Nelson on hand for unveiling of NASA capsule

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Sen. Bill Nelson was on hand for the unveiling of NASA’s new spaceship Monday morning at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA displayed the new Orion crew capsule today in advance of an unmanned 2014 orbital test flight, reports Alex Sanz.

“Isn’t this beautiful,” Nelson said to an audience looking at the spacecraft behind him. “I know there is a lot of people here who can’t wait to get their hands and fingers on this hardware.”
Nelson, a former Space Shuttle astronaut himself, said he was pleased the capsule will be assembled at the space center in Cape Canaveral.

“Now it is our time to put KSC’s knowledge, skills, and experience to work on Orion, the spacecraft that will carry us farther than we have ever been before,”  Nelson said at the ceremony.

Staff members from Florida’s mostly Republican congressional delegation, including representatives from the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Sandy Adams and Bill Posey, were also on hand for the ceremony.

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