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NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

A new interactive mosaic from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude at a resolution of 6-1/2 feet (2 meters) per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal increasing levels of detail.Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

Scientists, using cameras [...]

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Offers Best Public Viewing of Historic MAVEN Launch on Nov. 18

 

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can enjoy viewing the thrilling and historic launch of a massive United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvoultioN (MAVEN) orbiter on Monday, Nov. 18. The [...]

NASA, National Space Grant Foundation Tap Six for 2014 X-Hab Challenge

Photo Credit: NASA

NASA, in collaboration with the National Space Grant Foundation, has revealed the six universities selected for the 2014 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. For the upcoming school year, teams from University of Colorado at Boulder; Rice University; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; University of South Alabama, Mobile; University of Wisconsin, Madison; [...]

Test Stand Readied to Test RS-25 Rocket Engine for SLS

NASA is currently working to prepare the A-1 Test Stand at the space agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing the RS-25 rocket engine seen in the inset. Photo Credit: NASA (Inset Alan Walters / AmericaSpace)

In the latter half of 2014 NASA plans to launch the first of its Orion spacecraft and [...]

SLS QM-1 Booster Readied for Tests by NASA, ATK

Photo Credit: ATK

A full-scale version of Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) solid rocket booster that will be used on NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is being readied for testing. The center aft segment of ATK’s qualification motor-1 (QM-1) was sent to the site in the deserts of Utah on May [...]

Apollo Test Stand Re-Purposed For SLS

The B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is undergoing renovations to prepare it for testing of Space Launch Systems. Photo Credit: NASA/SSC

One of the test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi which supported the development of the Saturn family of launch vehicles is now being tapped to test engines [...]

Smartphone Photos From Orbit

Image Credit: NASA Ames

These images of Earth were reconstructed from photos taken by three smartphones in orbit, or “PhoneSats.” The trio of PhoneSats launched on April 21, 2013, aboard the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and ended a successful mission on April 27. The ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was [...]

NASA Conducts Failure Tests of Orion Parachutes

Image Credit: NASA

A test article of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle conducted tests to see how the spacecraft’s parachutes would handle failure scenarios. The tests were conducted in the deserts of Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, May 2, 2013.

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Solid Rocket Boosters Complete Space Launch System Program Milestone

Image Credit: NASA

NASA and ATK have completed Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Solid Rocket Booster design that will be used on NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift booster. The completion of this milestone means that SLS is one step closer to launch, with the first flight planned to take place in [...]

Hot-fire Tests Steering the Future of NASA's Space Launch System Engines

A new record was set April 4 for J-2X engine test firings when the engine was fired for 570 seconds on the A-2 test stand at Stennis. With the completion of the test series on this stand, the engine will now be moved to the A-1 test stand where it will undergo gimbaling tests [...]