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NASA booster for deeper space mission including Mars

  • In a bid to bolster its effort to prepare humans for deeper space missions, NASA engineers have refined the key thermal protection system of Orion - new exploration spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to asteroid and Mars. The team has been improving the spacecraft's heat shield design and manufacturing process since the vehicle successfully travelled to space for the first time last year. On future missions, a silver, metallic-based thermal control coating will be bonded to the Orion crew module's back shell tiles, the space agency said in a statement. Source: IANS