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Orion Spacecraft

It’s no Prometheus, but the spacecraft shown in the photo above is what NASA plans on using to put a human on the planet Mars.

Yesterday, NASA unveiled the Orion passenger module at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Orion crew still has plenty of work to do on the vehicle before it logs any time away from the ground, but NASA plans to have it run an unmanned test flight by 2014. A manned mission to the planet Mars is scheduled to take place some time in 2021.

“The vehicle we see here today is not a PowerPoint chart. It is a real spacecraft moving toward a test flight in 2014,” Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana told Space.com.

The Orion isn’t a full-fledged spaceship. It’s a capsule that’s similar to the Apollo 11 craft used to take Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon…

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