The first version of NASA's new manned Orion space capsule is ready to begin a series of rigorous trials, in preparation for the vehicle's first test flight in 2013.Full story
Lockheed Martin Corp. on Monday showed off a test version of the Orion spacecraft, which was initially meant to return humans to the moon but may wind up being an escape vehicle for the International Space Station or taking astronauts beyond Earth orbit. Full story
This artist's illustration depicts a 'Plymouth Rock' asteroid mission with astronauts and NASA's Orion spacecraft as envisioned by Lockheed Martin.
This artist's illustration depicts a "Plymouth Rock" asteroid mission with astronauts and NASA's Orion spacecraft as envisioned by Lockheed Martin.
In this 2008 photo, a scale model of the Orion spacecraft is lowered into the 6.2-million-gallon Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
An artist's interpretation of a manned mission to a near Earth asteroid using NASA's new Orion spacecraft.
An artist's conception shows linked-up Orion spacecraft during a manned mission to an asteroid.
Though they look very different, the two new spacesuits for NASA’s Constellation moon missions will also common elements - such as the helmet and the gloves - that will save weight and space in the Orion crew exploration vehicle and, over time, money.