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Thursday, August 31st 2006

Orion Gets A Contractor

The next manned space vehicle for NASA, the vehicle to take us back to the moon, has a contractor.

NASA on Thursday gave a multibillion dollar contract to build a manned lunar spaceship to Lockheed Martin Corp., the aerospace leader that usually builds unmanned rockets.

The last time NASA awarded a manned spaceship contract to Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Marylad, was in 1996 for a spaceplane that was supposed to replace the space shuttle. NASA spent $912 million and the ship, called X-33, never got built because of technical problems.

The manned Orion module is part of Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration.

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