Orion Test Is the First Step in NASA's Bold Space Program

December 17, 2014 10:22 PM

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NASA's successful launch of the Orion spacecraft was an important step, but it is only like dipping a toe in the cosmic ocean. In fact, the future of U.S. space leadership is being starved by lack of funding. Continued neglect will harm our national security, and our economy.

Orion is the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space. As capable as the Apollo spacecraft was, its longest round-trip mission to the Moon took just 12 days. Orion is designed to be part of a long-duration spacecraft that will eventually enable human m...

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