NASA Completes Orion Heat Shield Milestone for Crewed Artemis-2 Mission

Engineers work to complete Avcoat block bonding on the heat shield for the Artemis-2 mission, the first flight with humans to lunar distance since Apollo 17. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA has completed a significant milestone ahead of the Artemis-2 mission as it prepares to send the first humans around the Moon since Apollo 17 […]

As Structural Testing Concludes, Orion and SLS Look Ahead to Artemis-1

The Orion Structural Test Article (STA) undergoes a critical jettison test of panels surrounding the service module last month at Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver, Colo. Photo Credit: NASA

Last week’s completion of parallel structural testing campaigns for Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS) is a critical step towards the maiden voyage of […]

SLS Testing Continues for NASA's First Artemis Moon Mission

Engineers at Stennis Space Center are back to work putting the SLS core stage through a Green Run test campaign (left), while workers at Marshall are wrapping up a 3-year structural qualification test series. Photos: NASA

While a pandemic and social unrest have swept the nation, NASA is staying focused on their goal of […]

NASA Announces Contracts for VIPER Mission to Lunar South Pole

Artist’s concept of the four-wheeled VIPER rover at work at the lunar south pole. Much of its scientific instrumentation originates from the now-canceled Resource Prospector. Image Credit: NASA

NASA has selected Astrobotic Technology, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Penn., to launch its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission, targeted to rise from Earth in 2023 […]

NASA Orders 18 More RS-25 Engines for SLS Moon Rocket, at $1.79 Billion

The first SLS rocket for NASA’s Artemis moon missions rolls out of its assembly facility. Photo: NASA

With four years to go before human bootprints again dot the dusty surface of the Moon, NASA has awarded a contract worth $1.79 billion to Sacramento, Calif.-headquartered Aerojet Rocketdyne to fabricate 18 additional RS-25 engines for the […]

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Vehicles for Landing Humans on the Moon

The Artemis program aims to send the next man and the first woman to the Moon by 2024. NASA has selected 3 companies to develop human landers that will land astronauts on the moon. Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Dynetics. Image Credit: NASA

America’s goal to return humans to the Moon before the end of […]

: Remembering Apollo 13's Lost Moonwalks, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Artist’s concept of Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise exploring Fra Mauro. The Lunar Module (LM) Aquarius is visible in the background. Their lost surface explorations subsequently passed to Apollo 14 crewmen Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell. Image Credit: Teledyne Brown

In an alternate universe, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise should have […]

'Driven By Confidence': Remembering Apollo 13's Lost Moonwalks, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Jim Lovell and Fred Haise participate in lunar surface training in February 1970. Their target was the Moon’s Fra Mauro foothills. Photo Credit: NASA

Had the cruelty of fate not intervened, a half-century ago, this month, the fifth and sixth humans ever to set foot on another world twice have walked on the dusty […]

'Our Finest Hour': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 4)

Apollo 13 back on Earth. Photo: NASA

By the middle of April 1970, Project Apollo—America’s effort to land a man on the lunar surface—had reached one of its most decisive points of crisis. As described in last weekend’s AmericaSpace history feature, an explosion rocked the Apollo 13 spacecraft, halfway to the Moon, destroying one […]

'Up to You Now': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 3)

Astronauts gather in Mission Control at the height of the crisis. Seated (from left) are Deke Slayton, Jack Lousma and John Young, with Ken Mattingly and Vance Brand standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, the lives of three humans literally hung in the balance, more than 200,000 miles (320,000 km) from […]