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Lunar Orbit

June 25, 2009
JSC2006-E-43962 (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. The new spacecraft will be similar in shape to the Apollo spacecraft, but significantly larger. The tried-and-true conical form is the safest and most reliable for re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, especially when returning directly from the moon. This artist's rendering represents a concept of the Orion crew exploration vehicle docked to a lunar lander in lunar orbit. (Depicts obsolete configuration.)