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Orion Enters Fabrication Phase, but Possible Launch Slip Looms

Jason Davis • September 16, 2015

NASA's Orion spacecraft has officially moved from preliminary design to fabrication, but the agency says the first crewed flight of the vehicle could slip two years, from 2021 to 2023.

Veteran Spacefarer, 2 Rookies Return to Earth

Jason Davis • September 12, 2015

A three-person crew commanded by humanity's most experienced space traveler is back on Earth today.

Swapped Soyuz Set for Friday Return

Jason Davis • September 11, 2015

Gennady Padalka, Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov are set to return to Earth Friday after the station's one-year crew received a fresh Soyuz spacecraft.

Ten-day Taxi Trip to International Space Station Underway

Jason Davis • September 02, 2015

A ten-day International Space Station taxi flight is underway following the Wednesday liftoff of a three-person crew from Kazahkstan.

Dropping Orion in the Desert: NASA Completes Key Parachute Test

Jason Davis • August 27, 2015

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test Aug. 26 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

An August Moment to Check in on NASA’s Budget and Future

Casey Dreier • August 20, 2015

It’s August. Congress is out of session. Things are quiet. It’s as good a time as any to check in on several issues we’ve been following here at the Society, particularly with NASA’s budget prospects for the year and the future of human spaceflight policy.

Space Station Update: Launch Logistics

Jason Davis • August 07, 2015

Orbital ATK says they are making progress returning Antares to flight, NASA buys more Soyuz seats and the ISS program manager moves on to private industry.

Expedition 44 Trio Flies through Solar Panel Glitch, Arrives at Station

Jason Davis • July 22, 2015

A three-person crew is safely aboard the International Space Station following an early morning launch of a Soyuz rocket and spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Broken Bottle Strut Likely Doomed Falcon 9 Rocket, Says Elon Musk

Jason Davis • July 20, 2015

The demise of an ISS-bound Falcon 9 rocket last month was likely caused by a broken liquid helium bottle strut, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Report Finds SLS Cost and Schedule Estimates Tight, but on Track

Jason Davis • July 17, 2015

The GAO says NASA is generally doing a good job with cost and schedule estimates for SLS, its new heavy lift rocket. But NASA is also running short on schedule margin as it works to have SLS ready for flight by November 2018.

In Pictures: Russian Spacecraft Ends Streak of Station Supply Mishaps

Jason Davis • July 05, 2015

Following back-to-back space station resupply failures, a Russian Progress vehicle pulled into port this morning at the International Space Station.

Preparing America’s Spaceport for NASA’s New Rocket

Jason Davis • June 22, 2015

At Kennedy Space Center, NASA's ground systems program prepares for the first flight of the Space Launch System in 2018.

Welcome home, AstroSamantha

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2015

Three astronauts have returned to Earth, and while I'm happy that they landed safely, I'm very sad that astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not in space anymore to wish us "buona notte dallo spazio" with her lovely photos and piquant comments.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2015

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Jason Davis • May 04, 2015

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

ISS-bound Cargo Spacecraft Doomed to Atmospheric Reentry

Jason Davis • April 29, 2015

The six crew members aboard the International Space Station will have to go without a scheduled delivery of food, supplies and fuel.

The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Casey Dreier • April 17, 2015

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

To Recover First Stage, Just Read the Instructions

Jason Davis • April 10, 2015

SpaceX is gearing up for a second attempt to land the spent first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

A New Path to Mars?

Casey Dreier • April 02, 2015

A new advocacy initiative for the Society: let's get humans to Mars.

In Pictures: One-Year ISS Mission Begins

Jason Davis • March 28, 2015

The one-year ISS mission of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko began with an early morning launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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