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31 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
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NASA Alters Orion Heat Shield for 2018 Flight With Advanced 3-D Thermal Protection Fabric Needed for Destination Mars

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) holds Orion EM-1 3-D woven heat shield hardware produced by Bally Ribbon Mills of Bally, Penn. With Bolden are Mark Harries and Ray Harries, Marketing Executive and President of Bally Ribbon Mills, and Mike Gazarik (Associate Administrator STMD) and Glenn Delgado (Head small business) of NASA at media briefing […]

What Did NASA Learn From Orion’s First Test Flight? NASA Administrator Bolden Tells AmericaSpace

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (center) and Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Vice President (right of center) for Orion inspect a Jacquard loom operating at Bally Ribbon Mills in Bally, Pa., on Jan. 9, 2015, that is weaving a 3-D Quartz perform material that will be used as a key component in Orion’s critical thermal protection […]

Huge Prospects for Science and Humans to Mars: Conversation With Hubble Astronaut/NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld (Part 2)

Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-125 and the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope on May 11, 2009, from Launch Complex-39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — “A great path” lies ahead for “science and launching humans to Mars,” says astronaut […]

Space Travel Risks Minimized by Capsules: Conversation With Hubble Astronaut/NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld (Part 1)

Crew of STS-125, including John Grunsfeld, center, during walkout to Astrovan ahead of launch on May 11, 2009, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on final mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Everyone in the space business knows it’s a “risky business” and […]

Mandatory Ascent Abort System Launch Test Lies Ahead Before Orion’s First Crewed NASA SLS Blastoff

This Orion capsule will soar again to space! Homecoming view of NASA’s first Orion spacecraft after returning to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 19, 2014, after successful blastoff on Dec. 5, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Before our astronauts will ever be allowed to step inside […]

NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Returns Home to Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule back home at KSC after carrying out the EFT-1 mission just a couple weeks prior. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is back home after making its way cross-country from California to the east coast of Florida after a successful experimental test flight, EFT-1, which took place […]

The Dawn of Orion, Spectacular Views Document America's Newest Spacecraft Taking Flight

Various camera angles capture the fury of the world’s most powerful rocket launching NASA’s Orion on its maiden voyage Dec. 5, 2014. Photo Credits: Mike Killian / Alan Walters / John Studwell / Alex Polimeni / Chris Cook

“Liftoff, at dawn, the dawn of Orion, and a new era of American space exploration.” Those […]

'This Is a New Era of Spaceflight': Shuttle Astronauts Usher In the Orion Program

NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer, Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program Leader Mike Hawes, and NASA’s astronaut representative to the Orion program Rex Walheim pose after yesterday’s successful Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission. Walheim discussed lessons learned from the shuttle era that can be applied […]

Through a Glass, Darkly: Reflections on EFT-1 and Shadows of Apollo (Part 2)

Impressive view of the Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) new countdown clock. At some point in the next decade, this device will begin counting down to America’s next human adventure in space. Photo Credit: Dave Parrish Photography/AmericaSpace, with additional thanks to Leonidas Papadopoulos

Two days ago, NASA’s Orion spacecraft triumphantly sailed through its maiden shakedown […]

Through a Glass, Darkly: Reflections on EFT-1 and Shadows of Apollo (Part 1)

Stunning panorama of Earth from Orion’s high-apogee mission on Friday, 5 December. No human-capable vehicle has “seen” the Home Planet from this altitude for more than four decades. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday, a machine designed to carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time in more than four decades came screaming back through […]