NASA Wraps Up Third SLS Core Stage Green Run Test, Eyes Test Fire This Fall

The SLS core stage is installed into the B-2 Test Stand at NASA’s John Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in January 2020. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA engineers are approaching the midpoint of “Green Run” testing as the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage inches ever closer to a planned full-mission-duration static-firing […]

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 Awards Contracts to Northrop Grumman for Additional SLS Boosters

When fully operational, the Space Launch System (SLS) promises to be the world’s most powerful rocket and the only booster capable of sending a human-rated craft to the Moon by 2024. Image Credit: NASA

Only days after the arrival of the ten Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) segments for Artemis-1, NASA has awarded a $49.5 […]

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 […]

Boosters for First SLS Artemis Moon Rocket Arrive at KSC

With its pair of solid rocket boosters providing around 75 percent of the liftoff thrust, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) promises to be the world’s most powerful rocket and the only booster capable of sending a human-rated spacecraft to the Moon by 2024. The massive boosters, pictured here undergoing a test fire, will push […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]