Images: A moon shot on the way to Mars

Images: A moon shot on the way to Mars

Summary: NASA hands out assignments for the man-on-the-moon Constellation project, to be followed by a mission to Mars.

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  • Orbiter sections

    The Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will be responsible for the Crew Exploration Vehicle service module. The agency will develop the propulsion system, the solar arrays for the power system, and the heat rejection radiators for keeping the vehicle cool.

  • Goddard

    The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will oversee communications, tracking and support mechanisms for the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

    Recently, Goddard developed a detector that can see invisible infrared light in a range of "colors," or wavelengths. In this image, warmer temperatures are orange and cooler temperatures are red. Note the thermal handprint on the lab coat as the technician removes her hand from her pocket.

  • Launch to moon

    The NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Roads, Va., will be responsible for the abort systems.

    In this artist's rendering, a rocket assembled in Earth orbit takes off for the moon--or Mars.

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