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News Archive / Space Centers

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex highlights NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs

    Jason RhianJanuary 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Just after the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex unveiled in the West wing of the IMAX Theater a display showcasing spacecraft that are being used on NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo endeavors.

  • Massive SLS test stand completed at Marshall

    David BrownJanuary 13th, 2017

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama, recently marked the completion of major construction for Test Stand 4693, wrapping up work that began in May 2014. Engineers will now connect networks of cables, pipes, valves control systems, cameras, and other equipment needed to test the massive Space Launch System (SLS) hydrogen tank.

  • Astronauts Baker and Fossum retire from NASA

    Rae Botsford EndJanuary 11th, 2017

    On Saturday, Jan. 7, astronauts Mike Baker and Mike Fossum both retired from NASA to pursue work in the private sector. Both of the spaceflight veterans served in the U.S. military, and both wore numerous hats during their time with the space agency.

  • OSIRIS-REx begins hunt for elusive ‘Trojan’ asteroids

    Joe LatrellJanuary 7th, 2017

    After successfully launching in September of last year (2016), OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) has been given a new task – to hunt for "Trojan" asteroids that may pose a danger to Earth.

  • Autonomous drones could search for life in Europa’s subsurface ocean

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 3rd, 2016

    As part of an ongoing research project aimed at developing robotic submersible drones, researchers representing NASA and several other institutions recently tested six drones, using them to study changes in temperature and salinity beneath the waves of Monterey Bay, California.

  • JPL uses metallic glass to make better robot gears

    Jim SharkeyDecember 2nd, 2016

    JPL is developing a metallic glass alloy, for use on deep space probes and rovers, that is resistant to the extreme cold temperatures encountered in space.

  • Space Launch System upper stage testing set to begin

    Scott JohnsonNovember 22nd, 2016

    Huntsville, Ala. — This past week, on Nov. 15, a test version of the Space Launch System's (SLS) Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) was moved to Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) historic West Test Area in preparation for early 2017 testing. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at a media event following the move.

  • Missile Space and Range Pioneers mark 50 years

    Jason RhianOctober 22nd, 2016

    The Missile Space and Range Pioneers marked their 50th anniversary during an event held at the Courtyard Marriott located in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Oct. 21.

  • Air Force Space & Missile History Center renamed

    Dan AptedOctober 20th, 2016

    The Air Force Space & Missile History Center, located near the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, has been renamed the Sands Space History Center in honor of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry James Sands Jr.

  • NASA’s JPL looks to boost power from nuclear batteries

    Curt GodwinOctober 19th, 2016

    Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) have been the power source for many of the most ambitious exploration missions in NASA's history, powering spacecraft in areas too remote, or too impractical, for solar panels to provide sufficient electricity. A new development to this power-generating workhorse may soon substantially improve the capabilities of the RTG, possibly benefiting both inter...

  • Kennedy Space Center Hurricane Matthew damage less than feared

    Curt GodwinOctober 14th, 2016

    Many feared the worst for NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in the early morning hours of Oct. 7, 2016, as Hurricane Matthew lashed the Cape Canaveral area with wind speeds up to 135.8 mph (218.5 km/h). Though expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm, Matthew remained offshore slightly weakened to Category 3, sparing KSC from the full fury of the Atlantic basin storm.

  • CCAFS heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With Hurricane Matthew moving on, residents in and along Florida's Space Coast are getting the first sense of the havoc that the storm wrought. Perhaps some of the more dramatic imagery has come from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where an iconic landmark appears to have been destroyed.

  • Warnings issued for Hurricane Matthew as KSC closes down

    Jason RhianOctober 5th, 2016

    NASA has closed Kennedy Space Center in Florida down as Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Sunshine State.

  • Cape Canaveral prepares for Hurricane Matthew

    Bart LeahyOctober 4th, 2016

    As Hurricane Matthew moves toward the Bahamas, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s (CCAFS) 45th Space Wing is putting itself under Hurricane Condition III (HURCON III). This means CCAFS is curtailing its operations, as it expects surface winds exceeding 58 miles per hour (93 kilometers per hour) within 72 hours.

  • Space Launch System (SLS) engine testing update

    Scott JohnsonAugust 22nd, 2016

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — This past week, on August 18, SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), in south Mississippi, for the latest RS-25 engine test in preparation for its use in the agency's new super heavy-lift vehicle – the Space Launch System (SLS).