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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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6 Jan 15 11:18:00 GMT
6 Jan 15 6:18:00 EST

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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 […]

Delta IV Heavy Successfully Delivers EFT-1 Orion on High-Apogee Maiden Voyage

Haunting view of the trio of RS-68 plumes punctuating the dawn sky of Cape Canaveral, heralding the dawn of a new era. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

After an agonizing 24-hour delay, the ground shook at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, with the rousing liftoff, just minutes after sunrise, of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) […]

NASA's Cube Quest Challenge Aims to Send Nanosatellites to Lunar Orbit and Beyond on First SLS Flight

Registration is now open for NASA’s latest Centennial Challenges technology prize competition, called Cube Quest Challenge. The competition will award up to a total of $5 million to any teams that will successfully demonstrate a CubeSat in-space operations and communications in lunar orbit and beyond. Image Credit: NASA

With the much-anticipated, first test flight […]

The Future Starts Now? At T-1 Day and Counting, Orion Stands Ready for Thursday Launch

The EFT-1 Orion spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload shroud and topped by the Launch Abort System (LAS), is lowered into position atop the Delta IV Heavy. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the increasingly gloomy prospect of mostly cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with only a 60 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions, […]

Newton's Apple and Soyuz Rocket Grace Tim Peake's 'Principia' Mission Patch

Tim Peake’s Principia mission patch, honoring Sir Isaac Newton’s law of gravity and the role of the United Kingdom in space exploration. Image Credit: ESA

Honoring one of England’s most famous scientists, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake will bear a colorful mission patch on the arm of his Russian-made Sokol (“Falcon”) launch […]

Ready for the High Jump: NASA's Orion Spacecraft Primed for Maiden Voyage (Part 2)

Under EFT-1, Orion will conduct two orbits of the Earth and then return to Earth at a blistering 20,000 mph (32,000 km/h). This test will prove out Orion’s heat shield, parachute, and other crucial systems. Image Credit: NASA

After more than a decade of planning and preparation, excitement, and frustration, NASA is ready to […]

Ready for the High Jump: NASA's Orion Spacecraft Primed for Maiden Voyage (Part 1)

Orion’s Crew Module, seen here with its heat shield installed, being maneuvered for stacking on the spacecraft’s Service Module. Photo Credit: NASA

After more than a decade of planning and preparation, excitement, and frustration, NASA is ready to launch the first human-capable vehicle for Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration in more than four decades […]

An Apollo Veteran Talks Orion and the Future of Space: An Interview With Al Worden

From the Project Apollo Image Archive: “Alfred Worden waves to ground personnel at Patrick Air Force Base prior to taking off on a training flight in a T-38 aircraft, July 24, 1971.” An Apollo veteran, Worden recently discussed Orion and the future of spaceflight with AmericaSpace. Photo Credit: The Project Apollo Archive/NASA

Imagine being […]

Expedition 42 Crew to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Orbit

The recent arrival of Soyuz TMA-15M means that there will be two U.S. citizens in orbit for Thanksgiving today. Photo Credit: NASA

As millions of Americans tuck into their Thanksgiving meals today (Thursday, 27 November), spare a thought for Expedition 42 astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts, the United States’ two current representatives […]

Shuttle on the Night Shift: 25 Years Since STS-33

STS-33 was the first nocturnal shuttle launch and landing of the post-Challenger era; entirely appropriate, perhaps, in light of the shroud of darkness which covered its primary payload. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this week, in November 1989, the shuttle embarked on its first launch and landing in the hours of darkness since […]