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Photos: NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle for Asteroids & Beyond

NASA's New Spaceships Could Tag-Team Asteroid

Lockheed Martin

A manned asteroid mission using two Orion spacecraft, docked nose-to-nose to form a 50-ton deep space vehicle, is being studied by Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

Operation 'Plymouth Rock': Astronauts on an Asteroid

Lockheed Martin

This artist's illustration depicts a 'Plymouth Rock' asteroid mission with astronauts and NASA's Orion spacecraft as envisioned by Lockheed Martin.

Cryogenic Propellant Storage Facility


NASA is studying the possibility of using a facility like the one shown to store rocket propellant in space to refuel spacecraft.

Plan for Human Mission to Asteroid Gains Speed

Image Copyright, Dan Durda, FIAAA. Used with permission.

An artist's interpretation of a manned mission to a near Earth asteroid using NASA's new Orion spacecraft.

Inside NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic)

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See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this infographic.

Next Stop, Asteroid


Approaching the Near-Earth Object (NEO), an astronaut crew prepares airbag plus sensor docking and securing system prior to close approach or surface docking.

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