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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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21 Oct 14 2:29:00 GMT
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Orbital's Antares Rocket Rolls Out to Pad in Preparation for First COTS Mission

Orbital Science Corporation and NASA are preparing for the launch of the first of Orbital’s Antares rockets. Launch is tentatively slated to take place April 17. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — It was an early, cold morning, but with the sunrise came the ascension of Antares. NASA and Orbital Sciences [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Orbital Successfully Hot Fires Antares Rocket, Tests New Pad at Wallops

NASA and Orbital Science Corporation conducted a successful “hot-fire” test of the Antares rocket’s AJ26 engines this evening from NASA’s Wallops Facility, located in Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-nine seconds might not seem like much, but for Orbital Science Corporation it was 29 seconds of pure victory. NASA and Orbital conducted a successful hot [...]

NASA Announces New Booster Contract for Space Launch System and Orion

Artist’s conception of the Space Launch System (SLS) launching from Kennedy Space Center.Image Credit: NASA

In its continuing progress towards returning American astronauts to space, NASA has announced a new $23.3 million contract for the design of advanced boosters for the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS heavy-lift rocket will be used to launch [...]

Orbital Aborts Test Fire of Antares Rocket

Photo Credit: NASA

Commercial space firm Orbital Sciences Corporation attempted a static test fire of the company’s Antares rocket’s first stage on Wednesday, March 13, but was forced to abort the test. The “hot fire” had been scheduled to take place the day prior, but was postponed. According to a statement appearing on the [...]

Curiosity Prepares to Drill First Martian Rock

Curiosity’s destination for its first drilling will be this patch of veined, flat-lying rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

A little over five months since making landfall on the blood-red surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover is heading towards its first sample-drilling target: a flat rock, laced with pale veins, which may yield clues about [...]

New Parody Video About Curiosity's Martian Discovery

Video courtesy of Cinesaurus

A few months ago AmericaSpace detailed a parody video of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” which stated, “We’re NASA and We Know It”—this garnered a lot of attention. The success of this first video has inspired the team who produced the LMFAO parody with a take [...]

Curiosity Update: SAM Sniffs Martian Air

Video Courtesy of JPL News 

The Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” has been actively studying the surface of Mars using the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. SAM has been studying the Martian atmosphere for signs of life on the Red Planet. 

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MSL Project Scientist Details Curiosity's Discovery of Martian Streambed

NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named “Hottah” after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. It may look like a broken sidewalk, but this geological feature on Mars is actually exposed bedrock made [...]