If you ask me, the staff of NASA's Orion program owes Elon Musk a drink. Once all but shelved, the closer SpaceX's Dragon capsule comes to man rating, the more interest NASA's brass has had in Orion.
NASA has launched an unmanned Orion spacecraft, successfully so far, and though it is often compared to the Apollo capsule, the thing is at least as much a "Big Gemini," and NASA's manned space program has reset the clocks to the 1965-66 time frame.
Maybe this time they can arrange to stay where they go.
N.B.: Tam thinks I'm three years off. She's got a point.
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