Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Orion - NASA's new spaceship

NASA has announced that its new space exploration vehicle will be named Orion. The program is being developed to carry humans back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Plans call for a first flight to the International Space Station by 2014 and then a flight to the moon by 2020.

The name Orion was to have been revealed later this month but was apparently leaked by astronaut Jeff Williams, who spilled the beans on Tuesday while taping a message from the International Space Station.

For related information, check out the Government Publications Library's Astronomy and Space subject guide.

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