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The Spacecraft of the Future

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In the Nov. issue of Boys’ Life we featured a cool view of NASA’s Orion Crew Module, and I wanted to detail it a bit more.

The module will serve as home for future astronauts during missions to faraway destinations throughout our solar system. While we’re not sure when our astronauts will begin missions to places like Mars and other planets, we at least know how they will be traveling… in style.

About the Orion:

The Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) is based on the Orion design requirements for traveling beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

  • Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO
  • Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by the Space Launch System (SLS) for missions beyond LEO
  • Capability to be a backup system for International Space Station cargo and crew delivery

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29 Comments on The Spacecraft of the Future

  1. Think we’ll go to mars in the next decade?

    • Possibly

    • Yah, when will that happen. I know that Mars is a capable habitation site, but it might not be suitable due to the resources weed have to ship back and forth every now and then. Plus, it would take about 90+ years to get there.

    • Yah, when will that happen. I know that Mars is a capable habitation site, but it might not be suitable due to the resources weed have to ship back and forth every now and then. Plus, it would take about 90+ years to get there

  2. A new space craft that is really cool,but it is a weird shape.

    • Maybe it’s shaped that way just because it’s safer that way, or maybe the way it goes in space is different. (It does look like a half-space ship, half-UFO. ;) )

  3. I love it can’t wait until we can go to far away planets.

  4. Looks too small

  5. Will there be any landers in the rocket?

  6. Well !!! What is it like in the inside ? And where do they store the food?

  7. HAPPYNESS and toilets // October 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm // Reply

    yah it looks like it can barely fit 4 people comfotably

  8. HAPPYNESS and toilets // October 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm // Reply

    Its really cool though

  9. It better have cup holders for the trip.

  10. Hey Boy’s Life, where did Zombotron go? It was up for a few days, then got taken down. Just wondering.

  11. Why is………. :| (Confused)

  12. Wise Guy Never See // November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    Clay, why is there a “You may also like:” thing above the comments??? :|

    • Hey Wise Guy. You may also like is a new feature I added that displays related stories on our site. It’s just a way to show readers other stories that they may like on Heads Up. You can click on them or disregard them. Up to you. What do you think about the new feature?

  13. the front of it looks like a robot face but it looks cool i wonder in the future they can make a thing that can let peaple live on the moon and i think this is possibole if some body can make a robot that helps nasa and it responds to there voice kinda like a toy robot and i am a nasa and sience nerd but any ways is it possible to sky dive from the moon?

  14. the nasa is not going to mars

  15. haha just

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