Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman try out a prototype display and control system inside an Orion spacecraft mockup at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the first ascent and abort simulations for the program.Photo Credit: NASA
For the first time, NASA astronauts are practicing a launch into space aboard the agency’s [...]
A team of technicians at Textron Defense Systems apply Avcoat ablative material to the composite honeycomb structure attached to the Orion heat shield carrier structure. The ablative material is designed to protect the spacecraft from extreme temperatures during re-entry.Image Credit: NASA
A relationship that began more than 50 years ago between NASA and Textron [...]
Crewed missions to asteroids and near-Earth objects are slated to take place utilizing the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. NASA announced that 96 ideas are being considered to make such a mission happen. Image Credit: NASA
NASA announced on Wednesday, Sept. 4 that it has chosen 96 concepts from [...]
NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. Image Credit: NASA
NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is a potential flagship mission, which could begin as early as 2015, to capture and investigate a near-Earth asteroid (NEA) and explore it with both unmanned and crewed spacecraft. On Thursday, Aug. 22, the agency released concept artwork and [...]
An artist’s concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) orbiting Earth. WISE is slated to be reactivated in September in a quest to discover more near-Earth objects (NEOs). Image Credit: NASA.
NASA announced that the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft, which had been deactivated in 2011, is slated to make a comeback [...]
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ
PASADENA, Calif — The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.
Photo Credit: NASA / Dave Bowman
Sailors (and guests, courtesy of a NASA Social) got to experience a touch of Apollo’s golden days on Thursday, Aug. 15, as a strangely familiar sight bobbed in the water near Norfolk Naval Station’s Pier 12. On this day, NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which is a 16-foot, [...]
NASA has completed a design review and has also constructed a key element of the rocket’s design. In short, this week has seen significant progress in the development of the space agency’s new heavy-lift booster. Photo Credit: NASA
NASA announced Wednesday, July 31 that the space agency had concluded the preliminary design review for [...]
One possible scenario for a future asteroid retrieval mission is pictured here. NASA completed an internal review of asteroid redirect mission concepts this week. Photo Credit: NASA.
NASA announced it has completed the first step toward a future mission in which a near-Earth asteroid may be captured and brought into a stable lunar orbit, [...]
These images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show how the pull of the planet affects the amount of material ejected by geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. It turns out that the moon launches more spray when it is farther away from Saturn. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Cornell/SSI
Saturn’s 314-mile-wide icy moon Enceladus has been teasing [...]