Inside the high bay in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the protective coverings were removed from the Orion heat shield for Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1).
The heat shield arrived aboard NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft at the Shuttle Landing Facility from Lockheed Martin’s manufacturing facility near Denver.

The Orion spacecraft will launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket on EM-1, an uncrewed test flight, targeted for November 2018. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Larger image