Committed to human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit, NASA is developing Orion, the first spacecraft in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations within deep space and returning them safely back to Earth. It will allow exploration throughout the solar system—to the Moon, an asteroid, and eventually Mars. No other spacecraft in the world has this capability.
WILL TAKE HUMANS FARTHER INTO SPACE THAN EVER BEFORE.
DESIGNED TO SUSTAIN HUMAN LIFE DURING MISSIONS TO DEEP SPACE AND BACK.
MAXIMUM VERSATILITY TO SUPPORT “STEPPING STONES” MISSIONS ON THE PATH TO DEEP SPACE.
Orion will carry up to four astronauts on long-duration, deep space missions. The spacecraft contains many advancements in technology and features a life support system that enables exercise, a crew module that can protect from micrometeoroid strikes, intense radiation and extreme temperature changes, self-correcting computer systems, and a launch abort system that can propel the crew module a mile up and mile away from an emergency during launch or ascent.