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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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27 Oct 14 22:44:00 GMT
27 Oct 14 18:44:00 EDT

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Photo Feature: ULA Atlas V with SBIRS GEO-2

Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — AmericaSpace’s team of photographers worked tirelessly to produce stunning images from the recent launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the second of the United States military’s Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous (SBIRS GEO-2) spacecraft. With remote camera (stay tuned for a [...]

NASA's Iconic VAB Undergoes Renovation

NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building underwent changes to renovate the structure for 21st Century Purposes. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA has begun renovations to the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. One of the most notable changes was the recent removal [...]

NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace spoke with Trent Smith with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. He detailed the basics behind efforts to cede responsibility of delivering crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO), primarily to the International Space Station, to commercial companies. Under this plan, this should allow NASA to [...]

Trick Shot: Cassini Spies Venus Through Saturn's Rings

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Despite the fact that it is orbiting one of the arguably most beautiful planets in our solar system, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, orbiting the planet Saturn, opted to snap pics of another, and more hellish, world. Cassini’s target was Earth’s “twin,” the planet Venus. Its highly-reflective clouds peek through Saturn’s [...]

Orion Components Arrive at KSC in Preparation for Test Flight

NASA has the first flight of the Orion spacecraft scheduled to take place in the latter half of 2014. More and more elements needed to conduct this mission have been assembled and are being readied for the inaugural flight of NASA’s new spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — There has been talk in [...]

Curiosity Switched to Backup Computer After Memory Glitch

Flight controllers operating NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity have switched over to the one-ton, nuclear-powered robot’s redundant computer. This was caused after a memory issue arose in Curiosity’s primary computer.

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Sequestration to Squash Commercial Crew?

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A lot has been said about “Sequestration,” which begins March 1, and there has been some coverage about the effects of sequestration on NASA’s budget. But enough has not been said about what impact sequestration will have on NASA’s space efforts. A review highlights the impacts as well as the [...]

United Launch Alliance’s Delta II Tapped to Launch ICESat-2 by NASA

NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance Delta II to send its ICESat-2 spacecraft into polar orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta II rocket to launch the agency’s Ice, Cloud, and [...]

Atlantis Ascends: Orbiter's New Home Readied for June Opening

Former NASA shuttle astronaut Jon McBride (far left), along with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Chief Executive Officer Bill Moore, unveil the new sign in front of Shuttle Atlantis’ exhibit. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Shuttle Atlantis’ new digs has a new sign in preparation for [...]

Report: Lack of Adequate Precautions Caused Accident That Killed Three During SpaceShipTwo Test

Photo Credit: The Spaceship Company

In July 2007, a test of a hybrid nitrous oxide-fueled rocket engine that Scaled Composites planned to use on its SpaceShipTwo space plane failed. The resulting explosion killed three and injured three more. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, has released its investigation report which was [...]