- May 8, 2010
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Because they want everyone to know that NASA is 'hip' and 'down with the space travel stuff?'
I'm talking of their test launches prior to their going to the moon. Even those are part of Apollo.The Apollo lunar missions were not orbiting the Earth when they reentered. Orion's eccentricity will be higher to simulate an entry from beyond Earth orbit, but not quite as intense. Technically, the Apollo capsule was in a heliocentric orbit that intersected with Earth once it left lunar orbit.