Lockheed Martin just opened their space simulation facility for the new Orion spacecraft. The facility is located in Lockheed Martinís Waterton Facility in the foothills s.west of Chatfield Reservoir. Orion was designed for mulitple missions carrying a crew of four beyond Earth orbit, including the Moon and Mars. Apollo is the only other spacecraft designed and built to travel beyond Earth and Orion the only one ment for deep space and Mars.
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Later, an option of adding more crew and removing capabilities was made so it could carry astronauts just to orbit and back if nessisary. Current administration plans claim to want it as an emergency lifeboat for the International Space Station, with the Russian Soyuz and possibly SpaceX Dragon capsules handeling crew launch/return, but this will probably result in cancelling Orion.
What should be done with this spacecraft?