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NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne Complete Final Hot-Fire Tests on J-2X Engine, Move Forward to RS-25 Testing

J-2X Engine No. 10002 during its final 330-second hot-fire test on the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in September 2013. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed the J-2X hot-fire testing campaign earlier this year, with the last tests on engine No. 10003. Image Credit: NASA/Stennis Space Center

During his testimony before [...]

Training to Fly on Boeing’s First Private CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’: One-on-One Interview With Chris Ferguson, Last Shuttle Commander (Part 2)

Boeing CST-100 manned space capsule in free flight in low-Earth orbit will transport astronaut crews to the International Space Station. Credit: Boeing

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Boeing’s CST-100 commercial “space taxi“ will be capable of flying to the space station “as a single piloted vehicle” starting from the first manned orbital test flight in 2017, [...]

‘A Big Mental Switch’: The Maiden Voyage of Endeavour (Part 2)

Two decades have passed since Endeavour’s maiden voyage; a voyage which set record after record in terms of EVA, accomplishment and astronaut endurance, including the first (and so far only) three-person spacewalk. She continued to set records for the rest of her operational life. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-two years ago, on 7 May 1992, the [...]

'A Mission We Wanted to Do': The Maiden Voyage of Endeavour (Part 1)

With the possible exception of Columbia and the very first space shuttle mission, few orbiters had as dramatic and exciting a maiden voyage as Endeavour. On STS-49, she provided a reliable stage for the longest EVA in history and the first three-man EVA in history. Despite the trials and tribulations of the flight, she [...]

'I Wouldn’t Call it Fear': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 2)

The closest the shuttle ever came to a launch at the time of abort was T-1.9 seconds, on 18 August 1994. So close was the shuttle to launch, the on-board General Purpose Computers had already moded to their 102 ascent software configuration at the time of the abort. Photo Credit: NASA

In the pre-dawn [...]

'Quiet as a Crypt': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 1)

Close-up view of Discovery’s three main engines—still exhibiting evidence of scorching from their momentary ignition on 26 June 1984—in the wake of the shuttle program’s first RSLS abort. Photo Credit: NASA

Throughout its 30-year career—consciously or unconsciously—the space shuttle was acknowledged to be one of the most dangerous piloted space vehicles ever brought to [...]

Chasing the Dream of Suborbital Space Tourism: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Successfully Conducts Third Powered Test Flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two—pictured here—recently conducted its third successful flight test in a row, reaching its highest altitude to date of 71,000 ft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, the private space company that aims to become the first commercial spaceliner in the world, kicked 2014 into high gear with the third successful powered [...]

Inspiring a New Generation to Look at the Stars: 'Max Goes to the Space Station' and More Otherworldy Adventures on the ISS

The cover of Jeffrey Bennett’s recently published children’s book “Max Goes to the Space Station.” It will be read by the crew of Expedition 38 onboard the ISS as part of an educational outreach program called “Story Time from Space.” Image Credit: Jeffrey Bennett/Big Kid Science

“It is the birthright of every child, [...]

Probing the Dawn of Time: Hubble Frontier Fields Releases First Views of Distant, Previously Unseen Galaxies

A long-exposure image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, as part of the Hubble Frontier Fields program. The long blue streaks surrounding the cluster in the image come from the light of much more distant galaxies, located as far as 13 billion light-years away behind the cluster. Image Credit: [...]

Opinion: Beyonce and the Use of Challenger Accident Audio Sample Indicative of Failings of Contemporary Pop Culture

Popular singer/song-writer Beyoncé has received much criticism recently from the space community for her ill-advised use of an audio sample from the Challenger accident in one of her songs. Image Credit: New York Daily News

The history of art as a form of human expression is full of provocative moments, with many [...]