Orbital ATK Signs Contract to Provide Launch Abort Motor for Orion

From ESA: "The ESA-provided European Service Module behind the crew capsule as it will be configured for Orion’s Exploration Mission. During launch, the module is encapsulated by three fairings, while the crew capsule is covered by the Launch Abort System." Image Credit: NASA

An expanded view of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, showing the crew module, service module, launch escape system, and protective fairings.” Image Credit: NASA

On Tuesday, July 7, Orbital ATK signed a contact with Lockheed Martin to provide the solid rocket motor for the launch abort system of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The […]

Congress Seeks Significant Shift in NASA Budget Priorities

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden media briefing at Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida prior to successful Orion EFT-1 launch on Dec. 5, 2014.   Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden media briefing at Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida prior to successful Orion EFT-1 launch on Dec. 5, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

One thing seems fairly certain about NASA’s budget in Fiscal Year 2016 – a contentious clash is afoot between Congress and the Obama Administration on the space […]

Killing Opportunity: Humans Do What Mars Can't

Mars Today! NASA’s Resilient Opportunity Rover Heading to Martian Science Treasure on Feb. 5, 2015. The rover operates just fine after 11 years on Mars, despite efforts by Earth-bound budget cutters to “Kill Opportunity.” This brand new view from atop Cape Tribulation was taken just after departing the summit and shows the down slope […]

Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 2)

Despite a plethora of deep-space mission concepts currently envisioned by NASA, there’s little consensus between Congress and the White House on where the space agency should go next in space, in the lack of a coherent vision and direction. Image Credit: NASA

Last week’s article had focused on examining some of the events and […]

Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 1)

In the aftermath of the recent geopolitical crisis in Crimea, a series of sanctions has been imposed on Russia by many countries, including the United States. Many observers fear that Russia might answer back, by denying to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

The recent geopolitical tensions resulting from […]

Opinion: Awakening the Sleeping Satellite—The Value of Human Lunar Exploration

A photo of the Moon from Earth orbit, taken by the crew of the International Space Station. Will our natural satellite harbor humanity’s next outpost in space following the retirement of the ISS? Image Credit: NASA

I blame you for the moonlit nights when I wonder why are the seas still dry? don’t blame […]

NASA Administrator Details Impact of 2014 Budget

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discussed the White House’s 2014 FY Budget Request, which was released earlier today. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden spoke with the media today regarding the White House’s 2014 FY Budget Request, which was unveiled Wednesday, April 10, 2013, a few hours prior to […]

NASA Announces Key Investment Plan for Space Technology Development

Image Credit: NASA

NASA has unveiled its plans to prioritize space technology that will be essential if the space agency is going to achieve the goals that have been laid out in front of it. NASA posted its Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan on the agency’s website.

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NASA's Getting Ready for an Exciting Decade on Mars

Curiosity’s tracks on Mars. Something we might should see more of on a different part of the planet within the next ten years. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

It seems Curiosity is doing great things both on Mars and on Earth. Just four months into a two-year primary mission, President Obama is seeking to capitalize on […]

What has Curiosity Found on Mars?

What has Curiosity found on Mars and what could it mean for the future of planetary exploration? Image Credit: NASA / JPL

Something big could be brewing on the dusty plains of Mars—but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., is keeping mum as to what that discovery might be. It appears that […]