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Orion Unveiled

June 25, 2009
Left to Right: NASA Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Directorate Scott Horowitz, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Doug Cooke, NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Project Office Manager Caris Hatfield and NASA Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley hold a model of the Orion vehicle during a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Thursday Aug., 31, 2006. NASA announced the Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Md., will be the prime contractor to design, develop, and build Orion, America's spacecraft for a new generation of explorers. Orion will be capable of transporting four crewmembers for lunar missions and later supporting crew transfers for Mars missions. Orion could also carry up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station.