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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:56 PM

NASA, Europeans uniting to send spaceship to moon

Source: Associated Press

NASA, Europeans uniting to send spaceship to moon

By By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer 35 minutes ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) NASA is teaming up with the European Space Agency to get astronauts beyond Earth's orbit.

Officials said Wednesday that Europe will provide the propulsion and power compartment for NASA's new Orion crew capsule. This so-called service module will be first used on an unmanned mission in 2017. Any extra European parts will be incorporated in the first manned mission of Orion in 2021.

NASA's human exploration chief, Bill Gerstenmaier, said both missions will be aimed at the vicinity of the moon. The exact details are being worked out.

NASA wants to ultimately use Orion spacecraft to carry astronauts to asteroids and Mars. Gerstenmaier says international cooperation will be crucial for such endeavors. He says the International Space Station helped build the foundation.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:05 PM

1. "... the vicinity of the moon." Um, OK.

I'm sure there are lots of other interesting locations at about that same distance.

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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:07 PM

2. I'd support Lagrange point outpost.

That's an entry ramp to the interplanetary transport network

It's way cool, BTW. Check it out.

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