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WTXL: NASA Spacecraft on display in Tallahassee

Friday, June 24, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This weekend is your chance to get up close to a spacecraft not quite out of this world.

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft arrived in Tallahassee Thursday night. In the years to come, the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) will be used for manned deep space exploration missions.

“This capsule is the future of the nation’s space program,” said Barbara Zelon with the NASA Orion Project. “It’s the capsule that will take us to deep space. It’s the future of our exploration. Once the shuttle retires this will be our primary vehicle to explore.”

According to NASA the MPCV is capable of transporting astronauts on a variety of expeditions beyond low Earth orbit.

Tallahassee will have the opportunity to meet at least two of those astronauts on Friday.

The MPCV will be on display Friday and Saturday, each day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., at the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee. Crew members will be on hand throughout to share insight about the spacecraft with the public.

Friday, from noon until 2 p.m., two astronauts will be available to talk with kids and families about the spacecraft.

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