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  • Road to EM-1: Orion one step closer to next flight

    Jason RhianJanuary 21st, 2016

    NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed another important step toward having the space agency's new crew-rated Orion spacecraft venture out to the Moon. On Jan. 13 of this year, engineers in New Orleans finished welding work on the capsule-shaped craft's primary structure.

  • Orion prepared for next mission

    Joe LatrellSeptember 10th, 2015

    The first components of the new Orion capsule have been welded together at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). Engineers at the facility have started the construction of the second Orion capsule capable of transporting humans to the Moon since the launch of Apollo 17 in 1972.

  • Generations: The people of the Space Launch System

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 6th, 2015

    NASA and Boeing are working together to produce the core stage of a massive new rocket – the Space Launch System – which is intended to propel crews further into space than ever before. This effort requires more than just hardware – it also requires people.

  • Orion pathfinder coming together in preparation for EM-1

    Jason RhianAugust 18th, 2015

    NASA is making steady progress toward having the next Orion spacecraft launch on the space agency's new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System or "SLS." Orion is being welded together at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans - in preparation for a 2018 flight around the Moon.

  • What have we accomplished in three years? Life after STS-135

    Heather SmithJuly 12th, 2014

    On a hot summer morning in July of 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida marking the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. It not only marked the end of the U.S.’ crewed program of record – but all signaled a potential turning point. What has the U.S. space […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]

  • NASA Administrator Bolden visits SLS manufacturing facility in New Orleans

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 14th, 2014

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden along with Senator David Vitter of Louisiana visited the Space Agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility located in New Orleans, La. on Monday, Jan. 13.  They were updated on the construction of the facility that will manufacture the massive core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). Construction of the Michoud Vertical Assembly Facility  is […]