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SpaceX Conducts Fourth Successful Grasshopper Launch, Doubles Previous Altitude

The successful fourth test flight of SpaceX’s 10-story tall Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle (VTVL), set to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”  Video Credit: SpaceX

This past Saturday, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, performed a fourth test flight of their Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle (VTVL) at the company’s rocket development [...]

NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace spoke with Trent Smith with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. He detailed the basics behind efforts to cede responsibility of delivering crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO), primarily to the International Space Station, to commercial companies. Under this plan, this should allow NASA to [...]

Scientists Create 3-D Image of Underground River Channels on Mars

This illustration schematically shows where the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected flood channels that had been buried by lava flows in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Sapienza University of Rome/Smithsonian Institution/USGS

Using images captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) over the last few years, scientists have [...]

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 [...]

Curiosity Switched to Backup Computer After Memory Glitch

Flight controllers operating NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity have switched over to the one-ton, nuclear-powered robot’s redundant computer. This was caused after a memory issue arose in Curiosity’s primary computer.

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Dragon Breathes Perfect Fire as CRS-2 Roars to Orbit -UPDATE

SpaceX began the second mission under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract that the company has with NASA right on time at 10:10:13 a.m. EST. The launch site was Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

The cold light of day [...]

United Launch Alliance’s Delta II Tapped to Launch ICESat-2 by NASA

NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance Delta II to send its ICESat-2 spacecraft into polar orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta II rocket to launch the agency’s Ice, Cloud, and [...]

Launch Abort System Delivered to KSC in Preparation for Orion's First Flight

NASA has received the Launch Abort System which will be used on the first flight of the space agency’s Orion spacecraft, currently scheduled to take launch in September 2014. Photo Credit: ATK

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Preparations to send the first Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle into orbit has passed yet another milestone on the road [...]

MAVEN Assembled, Ready For Flight to Mars

Technicians completing the final assembly of the MAVEN Spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/GSFC

The next mission to the Red Planet, MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN), has reached an important milestone, as construction was officially completed Feb. 8. The spacecraft is now being prepared to move into the first rounds of its environmental testing. Assembly had been [...]

NASA'S Robotic Refueling Mission Proves Its Worth in Space

The Canadian Space Agency’s Dextre robotic arm on the International Space Station has successfully completed the first experiment under the Robotic Refueling Mission. Photo Credit: NASA / CSA

An experiment that flew up to the orbiting International Space Station in the final days of the space shuttle era is proving a once theoretical procedure is [...]