Now departing: Orion

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5277736.stm

“US space agency Nasa has named its new manned exploration craft Orion.

The vehicle is being developed to take human space explorers back to the Moon and potentially then on to Mars.

It is hoped the name Orion could eventually mean as much for manned space exploration as Apollo did in the 1960s and 1970s.

Its first manned flight – to the International Space Station – will take place no later than 2014 and its first flight to the Moon no later than 2020. “

My earliest memory is of assembling a model of the space-shuttle. Here comes the replacement.

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