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NASA's Orion will travel 3,600 miles above the Earth

8:58:00 PM Posted by Kinar Timilsina , , No comments
NASA's Orion will travel 3,600 miles above the Earth – farther than any spacecraft built to carry people has traveled in more than 40 years – and return home at speeds of 20,000 miles per hour, while enduring temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit!

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Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is a planned, beyond-low Earth orbit (LEO) manned spacecraft that is being built byLockheed Martin for NASA, and Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency for crewed missions to the Moon,asteroids and Mars. It is planned to be launched by the Space Launch System.Each Orion spacecraft is projected to carry a crew of 2–6 astronauts.
The MPCV was announced by NASA on May 24, 2011, aided by designs and tests already completed for a spacecraft of the cancelled Constellation program, development for which began in 2005 as the Crew Exploration Vehicle. It was formerly going to be launched by the tested-but-cancelled Ares I launch vehicle.
The MPCV's debut unmanned multi-hour test flight, known as Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), is scheduled for a launch aboard aDelta IV Heavy rocket in December 2014. The first crewed mission is expected to take place after 2020. In January 2013,ESA and NASA announced that the Orion Service Module will be built by European space company Airbus Defence and Space for theEuropean Space Agency.


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