Airbus wins contract for US space capsule Orion


* Contract worth around 390 mln eur

* Orion to fly astronauts into moon orbit

* Comes days after European scientists land probe on comet (Adds details on module, Orion)

(Reuters) – Airbus Group will develop and build a service module for the future American human space capsule, Orion, marking the first time a European firm will provide system-critical elements for a U.S. space project, it said on Monday.

Europe’s largest aerospace group said the contract, signed with the European Space Agency, was worth around 390 million euros ($488 million).

The contract comes days after European scientists celebrated landing a probe on the surface of a comet for the first time.