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Orion rocket mock-up gets 3-day display in Chicago
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Published: 10/5/2010 7:32 AM

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An Orion rocket mock-up goes on display Tuesday outside Chicago's Adler Planetarium.

The 45-foot-long system is known as the LAS Pathfinder. NASA and Lockheed Martin are bringing it to Adler for three days in celebration of World Space Week.

The system is designed to pull the Orion crew module away from the launch vehicle during an emergency on the pad or while climbing to orbit.

The mock-up is stopping in Chicago and other cities on a trip from the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was used in New Mexico to prepare for a May abort flight test.

A large flatbed trailer is transporting the mock-up cross-country.