Orion Test Is the First Step in NASA’s Bold Space Program

NASA’s successful launch of the Orion spacecraft was an important step, but it is only like dipping a toe in the cosmic ocean. In fact, the future of U.S. space leadership is being starved by lack of funding. Continued neglect will harm our national security, and our economy.

Orion is the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space. As capable as the Apollo spacecraft was, its longest round-trip mission to the Moon took just 12 days. Orion is designed to be part of a long-duration spacecraft that will eventually enable human missions to Mars, a trip lasting nearly three years.

NASA has also been developing a brawny new rocket known as the Space Launch System. The SLS will be the most powerful rocket in history, and it will enable the launch of Orion and its supporting systems to explore the asteroids, the Moon, and Mars.

Many of you might say, so what?

Space leadership propelled our nation forward in the latter half of the 20th Century. It’s easy to forget the impact President Kennedy’s vision of landing on the moon had on America’s economy, educational system, and national —> Read More Here


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