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  • NASA / ATK prep five-segment SLS booster for March 11 test fire

    Scott JohnsonFebruary 3rd, 2015

    PROMONTORY, Utah — The next major milestone in the development of NASA’s new human-rated heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS ), is scheduled to take place on March 11 — a planned test of the largest solid rocket booster (SRB) ever built for flight. It marks a distinct ramp up in the process toward having the massive booster […]

  • NASA heads provide preview of EFT-1 mission

    Scott JohnsonDecember 3rd, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – “Its a big day!” Those were NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s words this morning as he stood in front of the agency’s new beyond low-Earth-orbit (LEO) capsule perched atop a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle at Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37. Orion is scheduled for launch at 7:05 a.m. EST, tomorrow, […]

  • Space Station crew successfully completes 28th US-led spacewalk

    Scott JohnsonOctober 16th, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oct. 15, NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore completed a 6-hour, 34-minute, spacewalk to replace a failed power regulator on the International Space Station (ISS). The regulator, known as a sequential shunt unit (SSU), failed in May of this year, cutting power to one of the station’s eight channels.

  • Space Launch System (SLS) Sound Suppression System Testing Nears Completion

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 3rd, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has been assigned to manage the development of the agency’s new heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS). A portion of this assignment requires MSFC to design and test a “sound suppression” system to mitigate acoustic damage to the vehicle, the launch facility, and the crew […]

  • OPINION: What will it take to reignite U.S. interest in space?

    Collin SkocikSeptember 1st, 2014

    Few would dispute that NASA has been in turmoil since President Obama canceled the Constellation Program in 2010, or at least in a state of declining activity. Faced with a vague and undefined mission, inadequate funding, poor leadership, and mounting political tension with Russian, the country that’s providing astronauts with transportation to and from the International […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Roving on the lunar surface with Apollo 15

    Heather SmithJuly 31st, 2014

    On July 31, 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin became the first to use the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), traveling more that 17 miles on the surface of the Moon. LRV was a four-wheeled, manually controlled, electrically powered vehicle that carried the crew and their equipment over the lunar surface. Apollo 15 […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-93, Chandra, Collins and Columbia’s challenge

    Heather SmithJuly 23rd, 2014

    On July 23, 1999 at 12:31 a.m. EDT (0431 GMT), astronaut Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, leading the STS-93 crew to successfully deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The mission began aboard space shuttle Columbia along with Jeffrey S. Ashby as pilot and Steven A. Hawley, Catherine “Cady” G. Coleman, and Michel […]

  • Apollo 11: Fact and Fiction

    Collin SkocikJuly 20th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, the tiny lunar module “Eagle” set down gently—too gently, actually—on the surface of the Moon, and mankind has never been the same since. We now live in a world in which man has walked on another world. After four decades, we have yet to come to terms with the magnitude of […]

  • U.S Representatives raise questions regarding NASA’s contracts with SpaceX

    Jason RhianJuly 19th, 2014

    On July 16, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressing reservations over, what the letter refers to as an, “epidemic” of anomalies relating to launch vehicles and spacecraft SpaceX has produced as part of NASA’s commercial crew and cargo efforts. These partnerships are designed to ferry supplies and […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The first international space partnership

    Heather SmithJuly 15th, 2014

    On July 15, 1975, The first international space partnership, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, took place between the United Soviet Socialist Republic and the United States. This first international spaceflight effort took place when an Apollo and a Soyuz spacecraft docked in low-Earth-orbit for a nine-day mission that brought the two former rivals together as one.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: A first look at Mars

    Heather SmithJuly 14th, 2014

    Between 1962 and 1973, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory built ten spacecrafts to explore Mercury, Venus, and Mars. One of the great successes of the early American space program, Mariner 4’s 21 images were the first taken of another planet from space. The spacecraft continued to send images of the Martian surface through October of that year. […]

  • A second chance at a Maiden Launch for Angara

    Josh TallisJuly 8th, 2014

    Tensions flared, but the rocket didn’t. On June 27, Russia’s experimental Angara 1.2 rocket aborted its maiden launch just fifteen seconds before liftoff. Watching live from the Kremlin was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has put his personal mark on the Angara program and was carefully following up on a review of the failed launch. […]

  • Insider Interview: Recent AHoF inductee Jerry Ross talks NASA and Commercial Crew

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — During a recent interview that SpaceFlight Insider conducted with this year’s U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Ross, the seven-time space flight veteran and former Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ross recently penned his autobiography dubbed Spacewalker: My […]

  • Book Review: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    Scott JohnsonJuly 5th, 2014

    Longtime NBC News Space Correspondent, Jay Barbree, has written a new book, entitled: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight (Macmillan Publishers / St. Martins’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books), which is scheduled for release next week – on July 8. Barbree has authored several prior books (on spaceflight and other topics) and is the only […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Shuttle launch for Independence Day

    Heather SmithJuly 4th, 2014

    On Independence Day, July 4, 2006, space Shuttle Discovery lifted off at 2:37 p.m. EDT with six astronauts aboard and two tons of cargo to be delivered to the International Space Station, including the fourth trip for the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo.