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In a new NASA spacecraft will fit only the Lilliputians?

April 8 2007

National Aerospace Agency of the United States announced the completion of the next stage of designing a new ship "Orion", which eight years should replace shuttles. The main feature of "Orion" will be that the team will select him for the only people of low growth.

According to preliminary calculations, designers, astronauts will fit in the ship rise no more than 170-175 cm. "Big astronauts will continue to be required for spacewalks, requiring special endurance. But with the mission to the Moon or Mars with a crew of four people, there are complex calculations, showing what it would cost an extra inch of growth in terms of fuel consumption ", - said one of the engineers of the company« Lockheed Martin », engaged in the development of the spacecraft.

According to the latest projections NASA, first flight of Orion will be held in early 2015, the newspaper The Sunday Times.

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