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Orion Crew Exploratin Vehicle - Image courtesy NASA

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Project Orion will land Americans back on the moon by 2020

NASA made officially announced the name of its moon vehicle yesterday -- a week ahead of schedule. The reason for the early reveal was because an American astronaut on the international space station let the name slip over an open radio channel. "We've been calling it the crew exploration vehicle for several years, but today it has a name... Orion," said astronaut Jeffrey Williams. NASA officials denied the Orion name shortly after the leak, but later confirmed the name.

It should be noted that the name "Orion" will be the official project name for NASA's missions to the international space station and to the moon. Orion will also be the name of the four-man crew exploration vehicle (reminiscent of the old Apollo capsule). The Orion capsule is 16.5 feet in diameter and has a mass of 25 tons. It also has 2.5 the internal volume of the old Apollo capsules.

"Many of its stars have been used for navigation and guided explorers to new worlds for centuries. Our team, and all of NASA - and, I believe, our country - grows more excited with every step forward this program takes. The future for space exploration is coming quickly," said Orion Project Manager Skip Hatfield.

Orion will succeed the space shuttle as NASA's primary astronaut ferry and its first flight will take place before 2014. Orion's first trip to the moon should take place no later than 2020. If Orion does touchdown on the moon by 2020, it would represent a 50 year spread since the first time an American stepped foot on our nearest neighbor in space.

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RE: Wate of money
By unparalleled intellect on 8/24/2006 4:33:19 PM , Rating: -1
I cannot even begin to fathom where you liberal wimps get your arguments against the Iraq war.

You ought to get out of my country if you think our presence in Iraq is not helping mankind. We toppled a dictatorship that systematically tortured its citizens and gassed minority groups. We overthrew a government that was only years away from a full fledged WMD program. Maybe our execution was flawed but implying that our efforts are better spent on the moon is blasphemous. Who here can say that Iraqis are better left under Saddam than as a democratic nation.

Even if you disagree with me and feel that we never should have been there in the first place, nothing you say or do will change the fact that we are already there. And because we are there, we should follow through with our job dammit or else there will be a bloodbath. That's how mankind is being helped. We are preventing a bloodbath.

Moreover, your argument is logically flawed. There is absolutely no reason that we can't do both at the same time.

Finally, I disagree with your view that our moon efforts have brought much to improve mankind in general. Sure we have computers and composite materials but these benefits only apply to a select few out of the 6 billion on the planet. If you're really concerned about mankind, you would realize that going to the moon doesn't really help much.

RE: Wate of money
By Quincunx on 8/24/2006 5:21:52 PM , Rating: 1
Great, we've turned it into a damned political argument. Props to the people who brought up and followed through with those comments, except THIS THREAD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IRAQ. You could have easily shown that compared to other American budgets, NASA isn't so bad, without bringing Iraq into it. Doh! >.<

I vote for an admin post delete on those ones up there! ^ ^ ^

I really don't mind NASA spending a little money to take our minds and thoughts into space for a while. It's kind of neat out there. Don't tell me you wouldn't be interested in a live feed of a moon landing on your television..regardless of your thoughts on budgets or the 'real' status of the previous landing.

RE: Wate of money
By unparalleled intellect on 8/24/06, Rating: -1
RE: Wate of money
By spindoc on 8/24/2006 6:55:10 PM , Rating: 2

I'm not interested in the discussion on Iraq.

However, I must take exception to your comment:

" going to the moon doesn't really help much. "

The moon is a stepping stone before jumping to other planets in our solar system and beyond. There are over 6 billion people on this planet and as the population increases it is only a matter of time before we exceed the resources that our planet can provide. We should be able to pull resources from other planets or even colonize other worlds and stepping on the moon is the first logical step and I applaud NASA for planning to make that first step however misguided their intentions may be.

There are two choices based on current world population growth:

1. Find off world resources

2. Shrink the population (bloodbath)(to plagiarize)

Your negative comments on the subject are short sited and don't reflect that of a person with "unparalleled intellect"

I think most of the readers here would agree. See below.

By unparalleled intellect on 8/24/2006 4:33:19 PM , Rating: -1

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