Orion reveals why NASA is no longer sexy

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NASA’s Orion is the future of manned flight — but that future is still decades away.

NASA's Orion spacecraft is offloaded from the well deck of the USS Anchorage at a navy base in San Diego on Dec. 8.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is offloaded from the well deck of the USS Anchorage at a navy base in San Diego.

NASA finally got to test out the Orion spaceship last Friday, but Orion is still a long way from being able to take astronauts to Mars.

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SpaceX is hiring a farmer

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NASA vegetable garden on the International Space Station

Romaine lettuce growing inside a NASA space garden now on the International Space Station.

Calm down… it’s not what you’re thinking.

Farming may play an important role in the apocalyptic film Interstellar, about space explorers fleeing a dust-ravaged Earth, but it’s not necessarily true that SpaceX is investing in interplanetary farm research. At least, not yet.

SpaceX is looking to hire a farmer in Texas with 10 years experience in “row crop farming”, “preventative maintenance of John Deere agricultural equipment” and “able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces.”

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According to Agriculture.com, SpaceX is likely dedicating some of its land in central Texas to agriculture in order to attain tax-exemptions.

Elon Musk has made no secret of his plans to colonize Mars. SpaceX may one day take Musk to the Red Planet, so it stands to reason that he would want to have something eat once he gets there. A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SpaceX delivered the first fresh food production system to the International Space Station earlier this year.

The job posting comes just days before NASA’s first test flight of its deep-space Orion capsule that could, one day, take the first humans to Mars.