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A Day in the Solar System: 28 October 2015

Bill Dunford • November 09, 2015

On October 28th, the Cassini spacecraft flew through the geyser plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus. But Cassini was not the only spacecraft operating in the solar system that day.

In Pictures: Orion, SLS Hardware on the Move

Jason Davis • November 06, 2015

November is shaping up to be a busy month for Orion and Space Launch System hardware. A human-rated flight engine is in the test stand at Stennis Space Center, and a version of Orion's service module is getting ready to cross the Atlantic.

On Station's 15th Anniversary, A Look at Astronaut Utilization

Jason Davis • November 04, 2015

An analysis by The Planetary Society shows that in the post-space shuttle era, NASA astronauts spend roughly 33 percent less time aboard the International Space Station than their Russian counterparts.

At Mars Workshop, Science and Human Spaceflight Find Common Ground

Jason Davis • October 29, 2015

An update from NASA’s First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones on Mars Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

Where Should Humans Land on Mars? Workshop to Discuss Possibilities

Jason Davis • October 27, 2015

This week in Houston, Texas, scientists are gathering to discuss where humans should first land and explore on the surface of Mars.

SLS Sheds White Paint, Completes Critical Design Review

Jason Davis • October 22, 2015

NASA's Space Launch System officially shed the core stage's white paint job in favor of the vehicle's natural, orange-colored insulation.

Enhanced Cygnus Arrives at KSC ahead of Atlas V-powered Cargo Run

Jason Davis • October 20, 2015

Orbital ATK is a month-and-a-half away from resuming cargo runs to the International Space Station.

NASA's Journey to Mars Report: A Plan to Form a Strategy for a Concept

Jason Davis • October 12, 2015

NASA released a much-anticipated strategy document outlining the agency's next steps for getting humans to Mars, but the report lacks details. What should we make of it?

Telerobotics: Unifying Human and Robotic Spaceflight

Jason Davis • October 08, 2015

Telerobotics—with humans nearby—just might be the perfect unification of human and robotic spaceflight. Two groups at NASA and ESA are working to make this fledgling technology commonplace.

Thousands of Photos by Apollo Astronauts now on Flickr

Jason Davis • October 02, 2015

A cache of more than 8,400 unedited, high-resolution photos taken by Apollo astronauts during trips to the moon is now available for viewing and download on Flickr.

Cargo Craft Completes Six-Hour Schlep to ISS

Jason Davis • October 01, 2015

A Russian cargo craft laden with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies arrived at the International Space Station today.

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

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.

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