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Space agency unveils new spacecraft to replace shuttles


SPACE CENTER, FL — Two years after the final launch, the space shuttle’s successor has been built. NASA is now testing its Orion spaceship at Kennedy Space Center.

Engineers in the operations and checkout building said the new spaceship can carry six astronauts, but its first launch will be unmanned in a little more than one year.

That’s why engineers are already testing everything — from its parachutes, to its abort system that could save future astronauts, something the shuttle couldn’t do.

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