Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle
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Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle

June 25, 2009
JSC2006-E-43964 (Oct. 2006) --- NASA's Constellation Program is getting to work on the new spacecraft that will return humans to the moon and serve as the building blocks for trips to Mars and other destinations in our solar system. This artist's rendering represents a concept of the Orion crew launch vehicle liftoff. The launch system that will take the crew to space is derived from a mixture of systems with heritage rooted in Apollo, space shuttle and commercial launch vehicle technology. Astronauts will launch on a rocket made up of a shuttle-derived solid rocket booster, with a second stage powered by a J2-X engine. (Depicts obsolete configuration.)

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