From Friday to Monday Johnson Space Center played host to this latest version of the Orion spacecraft. This one was recently used for water entry tests. The shape is that of Max Faget's Apollo capsule, one of the best shapes for a reentry vehicle. This would also be a good shape for a Mars lander. Presently the Augustine Commission is examining multiple architectures for exploration, but all of them use Orion. This spacecraft appears to be here to stay.
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