To the Moon and Beyond: New NASA Spacecraft Gets Greenlight!
The new NASA spacecraft dubbed ” the Orion capsule” just passed a “critical review.” In non-NASA speak, this means the project has gotten the okay to begin production.
The Space Shuttle is planned to be retired next year and the space agency plans the Orion as part of their new fleet. In conjunction with their new launch system “Constellation” the Orion capsule could be launched into orbit. From there it can journey to the MIR space station or to the moon, or even farther than that.
This marks NASA first multi-use spacecraft for taking humans beyond the orbit of earth.