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Lockheed Martin to Build Space Shuttle Replacement

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Lockheed Martin to Build Space Shuttle Replacement

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Lockheed Martin to Build Space Shuttle Replacement

Lockheed Martin to Build Space Shuttle Replacement

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An illustration shows what it might look like when an Orion crew vehicle is launched on Ares 1 rocket. The U.S. hopes to use the, as yet unbuilt, vehicle to return to the moon by 2020. Illustration/Lockheed Martin hide caption

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An illustration shows what it might look like when an Orion crew vehicle is launched on Ares 1 rocket. The U.S. hopes to use the, as yet unbuilt, vehicle to return to the moon by 2020.

Illustration/Lockheed Martin

NASA announces it is entering into a multibillion dollar contract with a team led by Lockheed Martin to build a generation of spaceships capable of carrying astronauts to the moon. The vehicles — described as "Apollo on steroids" — will replace the space shuttle fleet. Lockheed had been in intense competition for the contract with a team led by Northrop Grumman and Boeing.