Green Run Testing Enters Home Stretch, Countdown Simulation to Begin NET 19 September

@NASA_SLS teams are working to finish the 5th of 8 Green Run tests as early as next week, with countdown sim due to start NET 19 Sept & engine hot-fire in Oct. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Orion Wraps Up Testing in Ohio for First Artemis Mission to the Moon

Some of the NASA Glenn Research Center / Plum Brook Station crew with the Orion spacecraft for Artemis-1, after a successful 4-month test campaign simulating the conditions it will go through in space for the Artemis moon missions. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

NASA’s Orion spacecraft for the first Artemis mission to return Americans […]

NASA's First 'Artemis' Moon Rocket Loaded for Trip to Stennis to Begin Major Test Fire Campaign

Artemis 1 SLS Core Stage Rolls Out of Michoud Assembly Facility. Photo: NASA

On Wednesday, NASA and its Space Launch System (SLS) partners reached a major milestone with the completion and roll out of the 212 foot (64.62 m) long Artemis 1 SLS Core Stage from the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), loading it […]

Artemis Updates

Orion Update & Overview Orion in lunar orbit. Image: NASA.

Orion will be the first crewed spacecraft designed to fly astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit in five decades. The demands of designing a deep space crewed spacecraft meant that Orion faced a great many challenges during its development that nobody had faced since Apollo. While […]

Artemis Updates

Integrated Lunar Lander at Shackleton Crater. Image: NASA

We are returning to the Moon by 2024, declared Vice-President Mike Pence in a March 26th announcement and the program, NASA Administrator Bridenstine announced on May 13th will be called Project Artemis.

But, unlike previous efforts to return to the Moon that required years of development […]

Artemis Updates

Orion in lunar orbit. Image: Lockheed Martin

This is the first of what AmericaSpace.com hopes are many updates of the Artemis system on a regular basis to bring you, our readers, up to speed on progress of the primary components of the Artemis system, the Orion spacecraft and SLS launcher.

This […]

Lockheed Unveils Plans for Orbiting Mars Base Camp and Lander Within 10 Years

Mars Base Camp is Lockheed Martin’s vision for sending humans to Mars in about a decade. The Mars surface lander called the Mars Accent Descent Vehicle (MADV) is a single-stage system that uses Orion systems as the command deck. It could allow astronauts to explore the surface for two weeks at a time […]