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Orion Spacecraft

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. On Artemis missions, Orion will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.

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Photo taken from the Orion spacecraft on flight day 13 of the Artemis I flight test. The photo features Orion prominently in the foreground, with "NASA" written on the spacecraft in bold red letters. The Moon is seen in the background, with Earth even farther behind it. Orion reached its maximum distance from Earth during the Artemis I mission when it was 268,563 miles away from our home planet. Orion has now traveled farther than any other spacecraft built for humans.

Artemis II

Four astronauts will venture around the Moon in Orion on Artemis II, the first crewed mission on NASA's path to establishing a long-term presence at the Moon for science and exploration through Artemis.

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Orion Reference Guide

A detailed overview of the design, development, testing, and engineering of NASA's Orion spacecraft.

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