The Future Starts Now? At T-1 Day and Counting, Orion Stands Ready for Thursday Launch

The EFT-1 Orion spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload shroud and topped by the Launch Abort System (LAS), is lowered into position atop the Delta IV Heavy. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the increasingly gloomy prospect of mostly cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with only a 60 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions, […]

Cover Breaks Off ISS, Floats Past

Image Credit: NASA

On August 19, International Space Station (ISS) astronaut Chris Cassidy reported an unidentified object floating past the window. The last time an ISS crewmember spotted something unusual out the window, it was small frozen flakes from a serious ammonia leak that spawned rapid mobilization of an unscheduled extravehicular activity. This time […]

ESA's ATV-4 Successfully, Safely Docks With International Space Station

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Video courtesy of NASA Television

“Albert Einstein,” the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle, or “ATV,” has safely docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Docking occurred Saturday at 10:07 a.m. EDT to the rear end of the station’s Zvezda service module. The docking was automated and concluded the […]

E(xploration) = M(issions) & C(rew) Squared Off: The Future of the ATV After 'Albert Einstein'

NASA image of the conical Orion crew capsule, attached to an ESA-built Service Module. The X-shaped “windmill” configuration of solar arrays is clearly visible. Image Credit: NASA

On Saturday, Europe’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station’s Zvezda module. The arrival […]

NASA, ESA Sign Agreement for Orion Service Module

NASA and the European Space Agency or “ESA” have announced plans to develop a version of the Orion spacecraft that will incorporate components provided by ESA. Image Credit: NASA

In a major development for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program, NASA yesterday announced the signing of contracts with the European Space Agency to build […]