In the world of tech gadgets, we constantly look down: at laptops, smartphones – even at the just-announced iPad. Yet, for some of the most amazing technology, you have to crane your neck up toward the sky. Over the next few years, NASA and a few private spaceflight firms are planning some spectacular outer space voyages.
The Orion spacecraft is perhaps the most exciting of all planned space missions. The craft, currently being tested at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, will be used for the first mission to the moon in 2020, and may be used to visit the space station as early as 2015. The 750,000-pound space vehicle is a behemoth that can withstand 1.35 times gravitational force.