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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NASA's Orion: Is This The Future Of Space Travel?

Sky News has been given rare access to the vehicle Nasa believes could be the shuttle's replacement, ahead of the space shuttle Atlantis' final mission.

Ever since that "one small step" America has had a love affair with space travel. After Apollo, the shuttle became the spacecraft for a new generation.

But as it approaches its final launch, what next for manned space flight?

The Orion, or Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle looks much like the Apollo, that familiar cone-shaped capsule which rides on top of a rocket.

However, it is much more advanced technically, and, most importantly for Nasa, is cheaper, safer and more flexible than the shuttle.

Tests are already being carried out on Orion in the desert ready for a possible launch by 2015 or 2016. (read more)