Wind, valves stall launch of new Orion spacecraft

In a photo provided by NASA, the Orion space capsule is seen atop a Delta IV rocket ready for a test launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The test flight scheduled for Thursday morning, will reach an altitude of 3,600 miles before re-entering the atmosphere (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

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.

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