First SLS Orion Completes Pressure Tests, Prepares for Install of Secondary Structures

The Orion crew module pressure vessel for NASA’s Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) is moved by crane along the high bay inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew module was transferred to a proof pressure cell in the high bay for pressure checks. Photo […]

Farewell, Georges: Europe's Final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Begins Journey to Launch Site

The fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) has begun its journey from Germany to South America. This will represent its final Earthly journey before heading into space in June 2014. Photo Credit: Astrium

With eight months still remaining before a mighty Ariane 5 booster launches it toward the International Space Station, Europe’s […]

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 […]

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

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“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 […]

NASA Prepares to Stage New Round of J-2X Engine Tests for Mammoth SLS Booster

NASA continues to test the legacy hardware J2X rocket engine, which was used during the Apollo era. Photo Credit: NASA

A liquid-fueled engine, which once formed part of the most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status in human history, will kick off an ambitious series of tests in the coming weeks at […]

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 […]