In this March 10, 2008 photograph made available by NASA, a simulated Orion crew module mock-up is being unloaded in a hangar in Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. for testing. The

 

              In this March 10, 2008 photograph made available by NASA, a simulated Orion crew module mock-up is being unloaded in a hangar in Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. for testing. The
In this March 10, 2008 photograph made available by NASA, a simulated Orion crew module mock-up is being unloaded in a hangar in Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. for testing. The capsule was later renamed the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The U.S. space agency is teaming up with the European Space Agency to get astronauts beyond Earth's orbit. Officials said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 that Europe will provide the propulsion and power compartment for NASA's new Orion crew capsule. This so-called service module is planned to be first used on an unmanned mission in 2017. (AP Photo/NASA, Sean Smith)