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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28 Responses to “The Spacecraft of the Future”

  1. 1314
    October 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

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

    • Butt Nugget
      October 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      Possibly

    • N.E.R.D.
      November 3, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      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.

    • N.E.R.D.
      November 3, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      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

      • Wise Guy
        November 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

        Why are you doing the same comment 2 times??? :|

  2. Cdn
    October 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

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

    • Wise Guy
      October 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      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. ;) )

      • Billybobjoe
        October 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

        The shape is for when it’s coming back into the atmosphere.

  3. Cool man
    October 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

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

  4. ninjapies44
    October 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Looks too small

  5. spazzerjr
    October 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Will there be any landers in the rocket?

  6. Epic guy Ry
    October 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

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

    • Wise Guy
      November 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi, Epic Guy! I’m Wise Guy.

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

    yah it looks like it can barely fit 4 people comfotably

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

    Its really cool though

  9. Morgan Hahn
    October 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    It better have cup holders for the trip.

  10. ESMMP
    October 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

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

  11. Wise Guy
    November 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Why is………. :| (Confused)

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

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

    • Clay Swartz
      November 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      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?

      • Wise Guy Never See
        November 12, 2013 at 11:12 am #

        Neat! (2012 Olympics???)

  13. lolguy781
    November 21, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    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?

    • Wise Guy
      December 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Hey, LOL guy. I’m Wise Guy. There’s also an epic guy, if you want to meet him. ;)

    • What???
      December 9, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      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 what? I could not follow you. :|

    • WISE GUY!!!! OK?
      December 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Again, put your darn punctuation in, and, if you don’t understand, go to http://headsup.boyslife.org/jurrasic-parks-got-nothing-on-these-dinos/ , and you’ll understand. :?

  14. F.I.B
    November 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    the nasa is not going to mars

  15. F.I.B
    November 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    haha just

  16. WORLD NEWS
    November 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    There was a guy named Italy that was Hungary so he went to get some Turkey and slipped on Greece and ran into China. :( :| :o :? :) ;)

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