Saturday, October 27, 2012

Orion Moving Ahead

Construction of the Orion space capsule, NASA's next generation manned spaceship, is going along well, according to the agency.  Project managers are aiming for the first unmanned test flight to be in 2014, with the first manned flight scheduled for 2021.

Orion is being designed to allow NASA to fly deep space manned missions-- to the Moon, to near-Earth asteroids, and eventually in a manned Mars mission.  The question is whether by 2021, or 2025, or 2030, there might not be better options for such missions.

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