Orion space capsule resurrected

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Colorado senators and congressmen are welcoming President Barack Obama’s decision to save a version of the Orion space capsule being developed in Colorado.

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall says it’s “terrific news” for the state.

Udall spoke to reporters by phone Thursday along with Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, both Democrats, and Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican.

Orion was conceived as the crew module for the Constellation mission to return humans to the moon, but Obama canceled the program.

On Thursday, the president set a goal of having a new spacecraft by 2025 that could reach beyond the moon.

The Colorado lawmakers say the retooled plan includes a version of Orion that would probably serve as an emergency escape vehicle from the International Space Station.

– Associated Press