Posted: May 25, 2011 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.—A version of the Bush administration’s Orion moon capsule, written off by the Obama administration and then resurrected as a space station lifeboat, will be developed instead for use in future manned flights to deep space targets beyond Earth orbit, the agency announced today. Douglas Cooke, associate administrator of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, told reporters the Orion concept, described by former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin as “Apollo on steroids,” is the most capable spacecraft currently on the drawing board for meeting the Obama administration’s “flexible path” approach to deep space exploration. (via NASA picks Orion-type capsule for deep space missions | The Space Shot – CNET News)

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