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  • Rocket science
    NASA tests engine for new deep-space rocket
    NASA has begun testing the engine that will power its new deep-space rocket.The agency fired the RS-25 enginefor the first time on Jan. 9 at its Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Mounted on a stand, the engine pumped out orange flames and white...
  • Earth approaching asteroid
    NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission may not actually redirect an asteroid
    When President Obama first proposed visiting an asteroid in his now infamous 2010 speech at the Kennedy Space Center, many assumed that the mission would be a deep space venture to an Earth-approaching asteroid in its “native orbit” in...
  • Apollo 17 lunar rover
    42 years after the last moon walker, when will the next moon walk occur?
    42 years ago this Thursday, the lunar module of Apollo 17, the Challenger, touched down on the lunar surface in the Taurus-Littrow highlands. The anniversary of the last moon landing is causing a little bit of angst in the media. Time Magazine...
  • Orion Crew Module after splashdown
    NASA to get funding increase for FY2015, except for space technology development
    The details of the omnibus spending bill that will fund most of the government for the rest of the current fiscal year have been revealed. According to a Wednesday post on the Planetary Society blog, NASA is in for a small increase over the last...
  • Orion, Apollo and Mankind's Future in Space
    Orion, Apollo, and Mankind's Future in Space
    The recent success of the test flight of the Orion manned space capsule, as well as the upcoming rendezvous of the New Horizons spacecraft with planet, dwarf planet, or whatever Pluto, has the promise of revitalizing not only this country’s...
  • Orion spacecraft
    NASA reached a milestone test for Orion spacecraft
    Happy news from NASA: They marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.&ldquo...
  • Orion spacecraft makes a splash with successful second launch
    Orion spacecraft makes a splash with successful second launch
    For many in the space industry Mars is the next major goal for human space exploration, and NASA’s Orion spacecraft is the means of getting there. On Friday, NASA showed that it means business as the Orion deep space capsule managed to reach...
  • The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad
    Accolades, mostly, for NASA's flawless first flight of Orion
    According to a Friday story on NBC News, the second time was a charm for the first flight of the Orion. Delayed from Thursday, Orion lifted off in the early morning hours to conduct two orbits around the Earth, including one that went as high as 3...
  • Orion flies
    NASA’s Orion space capsule completes first flight
    NASA’s Orion space capsule completed its first flight Dec. 5, undertaking a journey that began at an East Coast launch pad and ended almost four-and-a-half hours later off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.The flight began at 7:05 a.m....
  • Liftoff
    NASA’s Orion space capsule begins first flight
    NASA’s Orion space capsule began its first flight early Dec. 5 when its Delta IV Heavy rocket blasted off from a Florida launch pad.The United Launch Alliance-built rocket, with Orion on top, lifted off at 7:05 a.m. Eastern time from Cape...
  • NASA launches new era of crewed space exploration
    NASA launches new era of crewed space exploration
    The future of America's manned space program received a boost on Friday with the successful lift-off of NASA's Orion spacecraft on its first orbital test flight.Destined to carry four astronauts to an asteroid and the Moon during the next...
  •  United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft
    As Orion launch attempt scrubbed, NASA's space exploration plan criticized
    CNN reported on Thursday that the first flight of the Orion prototype was scrubbed due to a number of anomalies, which included a sticky valve, high land winds, and a boat that had strayed into the launch range. The next attempt will be undertaken...
  • Launch delay
    NASA delays Orion space capsule’s first flight
    NASA delayed the first flight of its Orion space capsule by a day after a series of problems arose during the initial "launch window" Dec. 4.Orion was set to lift off in the morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard...
  • NASA launch of Orion delayed several times; may miss window for today
    NASA launch of Orion delayed several times; may miss window for today
    Thursday morning, the NASA launch of Orion was delayed for several reasons including heavy winds in the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station area; Orion is an unmanned capsule that has been placed on top of rocket and it was scheduled to be launched...
  • Orion recovery
    Navy ship prepares to aid Orion space capsule’s first flight
    The USS Anchorage transport ship has left its San Diego base to support the upcoming first flight of NASA’s Orion space capsule, the Navy announced Dec. 2.The Anchorage will retrieve Orion after the spacecraft completes its flight and...