Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

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See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

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The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground #NASA #ImageoftheDay

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground #NASA #ImageoftheDay

Orion Spacecraft Progress Continues With Installation of Module to Test Propulsion Systems February 24 2017

Orion Spacecraft Progress Continues With Installation of Module to Test Propulsion Systems February 24 2017

Service module insallation on Orion spacecraft

Service module insallation on Orion spacecraft

NASA is considering launching a living, human crew on the first integrated flight of the new Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft currently scheduled for late 2018. While most of NASA’s crewed spacecraft have had their initial launches unmanned or with (adorable) non-human animals, this is not unheard of, as the Space Shuttle Colombia launched with a crew of two for its maiden flight in 1981.

NASA is considering launching a living, human crew on the first integrated flight of the new Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft currently scheduled for late 2018. While most of NASA’s crewed spacecraft have had their initial launches unmanned or with (adorable) non-human animals, this is not unheard of, as the Space Shuttle Colombia launched with a crew of two for its maiden flight in 1981.

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Orion Spacecraft Progress Continues With Installation of Module to Test Propulsion Systems via NASA http://ift.tt/2lNu6cD

Orion Spacecraft Progress Continues With Installation of Module to Test Propulsion Systems via NASA http://ift.tt/2lNu6cD

NASA authorization bill calls for Orion ISS study - SpaceNews.com

NASA authorization bill calls for Orion ISS study - SpaceNews.com

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