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Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

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Orion Spacecraft Launch To Test NASA Capsule That May Take Humans To Mars
from The Huffington Post

Spaceship That Could Take Us To Mars Set For Test Flight Tomorrow

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See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

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The Ares I rocket is set for initial launch in 2015 as part of the Constellation program. Initial missions will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle with its four to six crew members and cargo payloads to the International Space Station. Later lunar missions and eventual trips to Mars are planned.

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from NASA

Astronaut Spacesuit Testing for Orion Spacecraft

Astronaut Spacesuit Testing for Orion Spacecraft. Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston are testing the spacesuit astronauts will wear in the agency’s Orion spacecraft on trips to deep space. On March 17, members of the Johnson team participated in a Vacuum Pressure Integrated Suit Test to verify enhancements to the suit will meet test and design standards for the Orion spacecraft. During this test, the suit is connected to life support systems and then air is…

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