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Rocket Man: The Legacy of Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun helped pave the United States’ path to the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Beginning in September 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, a team of about a hundred rocket scientists and engineers, led by Wernher von Braun, was spirited out of Germany and brought to the United States as [...]

NASA Administrator Tours Marshall Space Flight Center Advanced Manufacturing Facility

Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will see some of the cutting-edge techniques being used to create parts for the engines of the Space Launch System (SLS) during a visit to the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Friday, Feb. 22. SLS is America’s next-generation [...]

On @ The 90: NASA Re-Reaches for the Nuclear Future

NASA is revisiting sources of propulsion that could greatly aid crews visiting distant locations in our solar system. Photo Credit: MSFC / Emmett Given

Research at the Marshall Space Flight Center has picked up on an old thread to advance rocket technology. Known as the Nuclear Thermal Rocket, this technology uses the heat generated [...]

Orion is Three Milestones Closer to Launch

This animation still shows Orion separating from its rocket during EFT-1, the unmanned mission designed to demonstrate the spacecraft’s re-entry systems. Image Credit: NASA

Things are looking good for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The agency announced yesterday the program has passed a number of significant milestones recently. The tools that will mate the pieces of [...]

Atomic Clock project Will Bring Better Navigation, More Data for Exploration Missions

This is a laboratory mock-up of Deep Space Atomic Clock. It does not contain flight components, but is a rough representation of what DSAC will look like when it flies. Photo credit: NASA/JPL

A new NASA technology demonstration mission, the Deep Space Atomic Clock, or DSAC, promises to improve data gathering and navigation for [...]

Weather Postpones Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight

 

NASA Fire Department passes Endeavour. Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studios / Julian Leek

WASHINGTON — NASA’s planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, Sept. 17.

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Chimps, ‘Pee-Sacks’ and Timid Germans: The Fateful Decisions of Freedom 7

Fifteen minutes after leaving Cape Canaveral, Alan Shepard splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and is pictured being winched to safety. His mission paled in comparison to Yuri Gagarin's orbital flight, but helped to light the touchpaper for America's drive to land a man on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

When Alan Shepard came [...]

History of Shuttle Program Video Highlights Why Shuttle “Rocked”

 

Video Courtesy of Suresh Atapattu 

For those of us that followed or worked on the space shuttle program, the fleet of flying gliders will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We will miss seeing Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour riding pillars of flame to orbit, hearing the twin sonic booms that heralded [...]

NASA Seeks Space Launch System Advanced Booster Risk Reduction Solutions

Artist's concept of the SLS thundering off it's launch pad. Image Credit: NASA

Artist's concept of the SLS thundering off it's launch pad. Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has issued a NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster risk-reduction effort.

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NASA’s Chandra Finds Milky Way’s Black Hole Grazing On Asteroids

The image on the left contains nearly a million seconds of Chandra's observing of the region around the black hole. The artist illustrations to the right depict an asteroid venturing to close to a black hole, being torn apart by the tidal forces within a 100 million mile distance, and finally being vaporized by friction - creating a flare. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/F. Baganoff et al.; Illustrations: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

A simulated supermassive Black Hole, similar to what can be found at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

WASHINGTON — The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the frequent flares observed, according to astronomers using [...]