The Orion spacecraft capsule that Lockheed Martin unveiled is now built as a module that can bring Earth's astronauts to Mars.
The capsule will be used for the first time in more than four decades in the spacecraft Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). This is the world's only manned spacecraft of the exploration class.
The module can withstand outside temperatures of up to 4,000 degrees or as low as -300 degrees, while astronauts stay at a comfortable 72 degrees inside.
The spacecraft is now being built at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This brings Nasa and Lockheed Martin 2019 on their way to exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) the first manned flight, Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2), as early as 2021.
The module is designed to withstand deadly radiation storms and even provide lifesaving support to provide heat control during astronaut training.
There is a backup system that allows astronauts to come home safely in an emergency.
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A 5 meter diameter heat shield allows reentry if the Earth's atmosphere can be used for slower descent.
The capsule is built to withstand space conditions for exploration missions of up to 1,000 days.
Orion is described as the command deck for future exploration steps such as Deep Space Gateway and Mars Base Camp.