The Orion Launch Abort System, or LAS, pathfinder returned home to NASA Langley in October 2010 for a short stay as it makes its way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The hardware was built at Langley and was used in preparation for the highly successful launch abort system flight test, called Pad Abort, at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Originally named the Lunar Landing Research Facility (LLRF), the gantry became operational in 1965 and allowed astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to train for Apollo final 150 feet before landing on the moon.
Through a partnership, teams from NASA Langley have run a pair of recent experiments aboard the aircraft, a commercial airliner retrofitted to test technologies intended to make future aircraft lighter, smarter and more efficient. The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft visited NASA Langley Research Center on June 17 and 18, 2015. Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman