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18 Nov 13 18:28:00 GMT
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NASA Conducts Failure Tests of Orion Parachutes

Image Credit: NASA

A test article of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle conducted tests to see how the spacecraft’s parachutes would handle failure scenarios. The tests were conducted in the deserts of Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, May 2, 2013.

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Orion Update Event Held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Video courtesy of NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The covers were pulled back on NASA’s new crewed Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle today, providing a rare look at the spacecraft that will conduct its first test flight next year. The event was held on the third anniversary of President Obama’s visit to Kennedy [...]

What Might NASA's Mission to Snag Asteroid Look Like?

Video courtesy of NASA

The recent announcement that $100 million had been earmarked in the White House’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal Request to send an unmanned probe to an asteroid and have it transported back to lunar orbit to be studied by astronauts has generated a lot of buzz. What would [...]

NASA Stitching Orion Components Together at Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA is welding together the interstage assembly which will connect the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 spacecraft to its Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

NASA’s engineers have been assembling the components for the flight test article that will fly on the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at NASA’s Marshall [...]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions

There have been a lot of beliefs or perceptions regarding NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, that have been stated as factual—but are they?

We had promised this article would appear yesterday and as we like to keep our promises, we ran a portion of it yesterday. We felt it was important [...]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions (Part 1)

There have been a lot of statements about NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System. Some of them are facts and others are myths. Throughout this week we will be posting an interview with NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Dan Dumbacher to try and set the record straight. Image Credit: NASA

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NASA 2013 Budget Updates

Introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers on March 4, H.R. 933[1]: “Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations” was passed by the House on March 6. The goal of this appropriations bill was to fund the government, including NASA, through September of this year. For NASA, H.R. 933 represents [...]

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 [...]

NASA's Human Space Flight Program Kicks Into Overdrive

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace with NASA-provided segments.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Two days prior to the liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station, NASA held a briefing at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida detailing the progress it has made in the agency’s efforts [...]

EFT-1 Orion Comes Alive at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

The first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft is a year away, and across the nation the components are coming together. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

HUNTSVILLE, Ala — The elements for the Orion spacecraft that will conduct the Exploration Flight Test 1 mission are coming together. As a photographer that shoots for AmericaSpace, I [...]