At the end of my Wednesday post about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's Moon Speech, I had mentioned that NASA had recently announced more information about its next manned spacecraft, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). The guys over at Space.com put together an excellent infographic summing up the MPCV and how it compares to other human spaceflight vehicles.
I would also say, I erroneously said that the vehicle was being developed with possibly going to Mars in mind. It seems that was only sorta true; the MPCV would be capable of making that journey with modification and additional support.
Also, let it be known that I think that the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is horribly named right now. After having projects like Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Orion, and the space shuttles, MPCV just sounds dry. There is no catchy edge to it, from a group of people known for naming and acronyms. Heck, they just announced an asteroid probe called OSIRIS-Rex (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer). Hopefully somebody changes this terrible name before it hits the launch pad.