In a recent issue of Boys’ Life we featured a cool view of NASA’s Orion Crew Module. Here’s some more detail.
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