We're in a weird limbo phase right now for space travel. Since NASA killed off the space shuttle last year, Americans have been hopelessly earth-bound, with private contractors like SpaceX racing to pick up the slack. But the U.S. government never actually gave up on sending men and women with the right stuff into the great black abyss. For the past several years, NASA has been dutifully working on a successor to the space shuttle called the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. Set for launch in 2014, watch a computer simulation of Orion's planned first mission above. Looks complicated!

[via Gizmodo]