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Europe, U.S. will combine efforts to build Orion, send astronauts to deep space

January 17, 2013

Europe, U.S. will combine efforts to build Orion, send astronauts to deep space

NASA partners up.

The U.S. space agency NASA has announced that it will coordinate efforts with its European counterpart, the European Space Agency (ESA), in an effort to build the Orion spacecraft.

In a statement released Wednesday, NASA administrators said the plan will involve Europe supplying the Orion service module, a key feature in the massive Orion rocket spacecraft that will propel astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit.

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