My aunt used to have one of those!
And I’ll try and answer the NASA question. Right now, due to budget cuts, NASA’s main goal is to service the international space station using this bad boy, the Russian soyuz capsule:
Though SpaceX is trying to get some contracts with their Dragon line of spacecraft which made a cargo run last year:
For the future, NASA wants to try and use their old design that was cancelled, Orion, on top of the old horse, the Saturn V: