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Photos: NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle for Deep Space Flights

NASA Orion Space Capsule Shipped for Ground Tests

NASA

Lockheed Martin engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., inspect the Orion space capsule ground test structure prior to shipping on Feb. 10, 2011. The crew-carrying spacecraft prototype will undergo rigorous testing to verify it can withstand the harsh environments of a deep space mission.

Mission to Martian Moon Deimos

Lockheed Martin

Deep space mission planners are eying Deimos, a moon of Mars, as an exploration target for humans. Here, the path to reach the Martian moon is laid out.

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