NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

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Note the astronauts looking out of the portholes.

A mockup of the Orion spacecraft that will one day take astronauts back to the Moon as seen in the early morning hours while waiting for the launch of Artemis 1. Artemis 1 will carry an uncrewed version to test its systems on a 42-day flight to the Moon before it carries astronauts on the next flight. The mockup is at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and revolves so people can view all its sides without having to move. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the spacecraft.

According to NASA, “NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. 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. Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.”

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