How We’ll Go Back To The Moon — and Stay This Time

Popular Mechanics takes a comprehensive look at NASA’s plan to get back to the moon, and hopefully stay.

With the iconic Space Shuttle nearing retirement, the pressure is on NASA to design a new manned vehicle — one that will deliver us safely to the lunar surface by 2020 before building a lasting lunar base. From ensuring a safe launch to getting the vehicle back on the ground, here’s an inside look at some of the toughest challenges Orion‘s engineers are now confronting.

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