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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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By non gay european on 8/28/2006 3:17:55 AM , Rating: 2
the only thing i was pointing at was unreal and unlogicall waste of monez, human power and time for developing and maintaing some useless project like Orion one...
lets get concentrated on the issues we got here, at the fece of Earth....
i mean, why should be US taxpayers dolars wasted in this direction....
alternative source of energy, consumpting less efforts to make it, can ease all this power and spacecrafts matters...
with some kind of ITER based reactor onboard can the spacecraft (or reactor) generate the energy for itself, there would be no need to colonise Moon by permanent human crew and therefore to biuld base there...
crafts can be launched directly from higher Earth orbit to Mars, for exapmle....
seems to me, like George W wanna calm down US people because of the Iraq crisis and stuff...
but still, i dont know shit, cuz im only (non) gay European... :D




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