NASA is ready to enter into a new era of space exploration, if the weather will cooperate.
The new Orion spacecraft was set to make its premier launch Thursday but gusty winds repeatedly help up the countdown.
Orion would be the first attempt to send a spacecraft capable of carrying humans beyond a couple hundred miles of Earth since the Apollo moon program.
The ultimate goal? In the decades ahead, use Orion to carry people to Mars, and back.
The roads leading into the Kennedy Space Center were packed long before dawn.