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(AP) DENVER — A spaceship that could carry the next wave of astronauts to an asteroid or beyond is being prepared for a new round of tests at a Lockheed Martin facility near Denver.
Orion doesn't yet have a destination. NASA has said it could service the space station in low Earth orbit or take four astronauts on more distant missions of up to 21 days. Lockheed Martin officials have said Orion could explore the far side of the moon, land humans on asteroids or take them to one of the moons of Mars, where they could control robotic instruments on the surface.
The 55-foot-tall assembly will be lifted by a crane into a tall, elevator shaft-like chamber. Inside, more than a dozen horns powered by compressed nitrogen will create a thunderous low-pitch noise at 150 decibels. That will trigger vibrations like the ones generated by a launch or deployment of the abort system. "It sounds like a freight train and a tornado all at once," Lockheed Martin's Paul Sannes.
Originally posted by USAisdevil
USA can sure waste money on useless projects , when its populous is starving and losing all faith .
USA is no less than its nemesis USSR .. USA has become what its nemesis was.
Originally posted by Xeven
reply to post by USAisdevil
You could take every dime ever spent at NASA and not equal one year of war in Iraq. Space exploration is the only worthwhile thing a government an do with money that is beyond the capability of a capitalist market.