Can NASA's Orion program reinvigorate human spaceflight? (+video)

December 20, 2014 11:54 PM

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NASA's human spaceflight program has been struggling with the same problem since the Apollo program: It doesn't have enough money to do the really exciting stuff. Orion's mission to Mars is NASA's latest attempt to address the issue, but the numbers still might not add up.

Rising on a tongue of flame and easing to a gentle splashdown in the Pacific Ocean nearly 4-1/2 hours later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s newest spaceship for human exploration made its debut earlier this month in a virtually flawless initial test flight.

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