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Next generation crew capsule. Computer artwork showing a next generation spaceflight command module (upper right) mated with an Extended Stay Module (ESM, centre). The next-generation Deep Space Vehicle's (DSV) crew capsule, or Command Module, will be similar to the Apollo Command Module in shape, however it will be larger, with enough room for as many as six astronauts. It would supplement its electrical power with two arrays of solar panels (disks), which would help extend its mission endurance beyond Apollo's 14 day limit. For even longer missions the DSV could be mated with an ESM, which would offer additional life support and accommodations for a crew of three or four for deep space missions lasting 90 days or longer.
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