NASA will put its astronaut capsule through an intense abort test over Cocoa Beach Tuesday

Early Tuesday morning, the spacecraft that will one day carry astronauts back to the moon will tear through the sky over Cocoa Beach, initiating a high-speed abort that will end with the vehicle in pieces just a few miles offshore.

The intense test, one that will prove the craft’s ability to save its crew in the case of an emergency mid-flight, will take place sometime between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch pad 46. Read more here.