Nasa is sending Orion test capsule into space soon. Orion is the "next generation" space vehicle developed by the space agency. The plan is to make a vehicle that can go into deeper space, asteroids, or even Mars if need be. They'll launch the test flight on the 4th of this month, send her up to about 3600 miles and then back down. The idea is to test all her systems and see if we can retrieve it from the ocean. Read on.
I don't like to be negative, but I think we did this back in the 1960s.
And the capsule is really small for a 6-9 month journey to Mars.
I might be missing something. I usually am.