Space Agency Unveils Long-Awaited Crew Capsule

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By: Robert Z. Pearlman
Published: 07/02/2012 05:48 PM EDT on SPACE.com

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Without a heat shield or wiring, and with only welded metal panels to see, NASA’s new spacecraft designed to take astronauts out beyond Earth and into the solar system doesn’t look like much yet.

But to NASA, congressional and space industry leaders, the capsule’s olive-green pressure shell is an exciting sight to behold. The capsule, NASA’s first space-bound Orion crew module, was unveiled today (July 2) to mark its arrival at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center here, the site of the spacecraft’s planned 2014 launch on an unmanned test flight…

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