Meet the Orion Service Module, the Europe-built brain of the Orion capsule

A precious cargo has arrived from Europe at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week: The European-built service module that, in 2023, will power the first human mission to the moon since the Apollo era. 

But what exactly is the European Service Module (ESM), and why did NASA entrust the old continent’s engineers with building the critical component for the historic mission?

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