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NASA is still in the race

by on May.30, 2011, under Articles, Science, Technology

NASA unveils manned ‘Deep Space Transportation System’ [Dvice.com]

NASA made the announcement a few days ago that they are contracting with Lockheed Martin for the creation of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). This would be a rocket launches a crew of four for up to 21 days of deep space exploration and then splash down in the Pacific ocean. In addition to this, it is capable of docking with the international space station. NASA feels confidant this design will be “10 times safer during ascent and entry than its predecessor, the space shuttle.”

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This is probably some of the best news I’ve heard about space flight all year. With the space shuttles retiring soon, and the prior manned spacecraft project, Orion, cut due to over-budget and over-time, manned space flight for the US was looking very bleak. Now there is hope out there in deep space!

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