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Key Milestone Passed in Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

Construction of the crucial “backbone” of the James Webb Telescope has now been completed. Image Credit: NASA.

The James Webb Space Telescope, a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency, is planned to be launched in 2018 on an ESA Ariane 5 rocket. The Northrop Grumman Corporation [...]

AmericaSpace Photo Feature: F-1 Gas Generator at MSFC

During one of Mark Usciak’s trips to Marshall Space Flight Center, he took some images of the gas generator being worked on for possible use on NASA’s Space Launch System. Photo Credit Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace (inset by NASA)

Last January we detailed how engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) were testing [...]

'Attitude-Control Game': The Fateful Launch of Skylab

Although the deployment of the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM), in the background, was considered relatively complex in terms of its criticality, no one could have foreseen that Skylab’s solar arrays and micrometeoroid shield would almost ruin the mission. In this view from Pete Conrad’s crew, the tattered wiring and tubing from the torn solar [...]

NASA Stitching Orion Components Together at Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA is welding together the interstage assembly which will connect the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 spacecraft to its Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

NASA’s engineers have been assembling the components for the flight test article that will fly on the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at NASA’s Marshall [...]

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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