NASA’s next spaceflight

NASA’s next exploration mission — visiting an asteroid —When the last orbiter Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, ending the 30-year-old space shuttle program, NASA will have its sights set on the next big exploration mission: sending astronauts to an asteroid in about 15 years.

Orion spacecraftAt Lockheed, engineers have been at work on the Orion spacecraft, but first NASA must figure out a system for launching it, which is at the mercy of the federal budget. (Patrick H. Corkery, Lockheed Martin / July 19, 2011) 
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