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Next Launch MAVEN on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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18 Nov 13 18:28:00 GMT
18 Nov 13 13:28:00 EST

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PHOTO / VIDEO FEATURE: Endeavour Powered Up, Orbiter Readies For Final Power Down Of The STS Program

The powered up flight deck of space shuttle Endeavour. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and Americaspace

The powered up flight deck of space shuttle Endeavour. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and Americaspace

Just 3 weeks after space shuttle Discovery left Florida for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, sister orbiter Endeavour is readying for one final power up this week – an event which, when the plug is [...]

Past-To-Future: NASA's Crawler-Transporters

NASA's crawler-transporters have been around since the Apollo era and are now being prepared for future missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek/Blue Sawtooth Studios

We sent veteran aerospace photojournalist Julian Leek to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a tour of one of the massive crawler-transporters that have been used by the space agency to deliver [...]

Next Generation Spacecraft No Comparison To Shuttle

None of the various spacecraft currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all the capabilities and capacities that NASA's decommissioned orbiters had. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The crop of space capsules that are currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all-too-often been dubbed “replacements” for the [...]

Photo Feature: Shuttle Discovery Arrives At SLF For Smithsonian Trip

Shuttle Discovery passes by NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft early this morning, en route to the mate/demate structure where Discovery will be raised and mounted atop the 747 for her flight to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum this coming Tuesday. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Shuttle Discovery passes by NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft early this morning, en route to the mate/demate structure where Discovery will be raised and mounted atop the 747 for her flight to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum this coming Tuesday. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Space Shuttle Discovery was moved from Kennedy’s Vehicle [...]

On @ The 90: AmericaSpace's Presidential Endorsement

So, which of the presidential candidates does this space supporter back? The answer might suprise you… Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Another election year, time for the “unbiased” media to give their endorsement to one candidate or another. After listening to both Presidential candidates’ comments and actions regarding space exploration, here is my “fair and [...]

Photo Feature: Shuttle Endeavour Brought Back To Life, Briefly

Endeavour's flight deck, powered up as it would look to astronauts on their missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Endeavour's flight deck, powered up as it would look to astronauts on their missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Recently, Americaspace photographer Julian Leek was given the opportunity to visit space shuttle Endeavour’s flight deck while the orbiter was powered up, bringing OV-105 back to life and giving us a glimpse of [...]

NASA's O & C Building, Astronaut Suit-Up Room Changing With the Times

The O & C building was where the astronauts prepared for their missions is, much like the shuttles themselves, being decommissioned. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

Located of the third floor of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Operation & Check Building (more commonly known as the O&C building) lies the astronaut [...]

Aerojet at 70: Humble Beginnings, Heady Future

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Video courtesy of Aerojet

Seventy years ago this week, the aerospace company, Aerojet, was founded. Based out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) the fledgling firm was started by Dr. Theodore von Kármán and five of his colleagues. The company’s formative [...]

FOR SALE: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the company that powered the space shuttle to orbit and who produces engines used in both the Atlas V as well as the Delta IV family of rockets – has been placed up for sale. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has announced that [...]

NASA Conducts Sub-Scale Test of SLS Booster

It was three-two-one to brilliant fire as NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center tested a small solid rocket motor designed to mimic NASA's Space Launch System booster. The Mar. 14 test provides a quick, affordable and effective way to evaluate a new nozzle insulation material for the SLS solid rocket booster. Photo Credit: NASA/MSFC

Engineers [...]