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Two Days, Two Launches and Three Landings

Jason Davis • February 09, 2015

Within a two-day span, two rocket launches and three ocean landings are scheduled—one of which involves an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

NASA Budget Lists Timelines, Costs and Risks for First SLS Flight

Jason Davis • February 03, 2015

NASA will set the Space Launch System's inaugural flight date at the end of this year, according to the agency's 2016 budget request, which was released on Monday.

Commercial Crew Rivalries: Fun to Watch, Everybody Wins

Jason Davis • January 28, 2015

Now that Boeing and SpaceX have won the high-profile privilege of carrying astronauts to the ISS, they must start making public appearances as reluctant equals.

Reconstructing What Happened at Sea, as Dragon Arrives at Station

Jason Davis • January 12, 2015

Following a routine two-day voyage, SpaceX's Dragon capsule pulled in to port at the International Space Station. Meanwhile, tweets from CEO Elon Musk give clues on what happened at sea.

Dragon Reaches Orbit, but Falcon Stage Crashes on Recovery Ship

Jason Davis • January 10, 2015

SpaceX’s ambitious attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous ocean platform was "close, but no cigar."

Get an Up-Close Look at the Lunar Surface with These 3D Apollo Images

Jason Davis • December 26, 2014

3D images generated by the Apollo Lunar Surface Closeup Camera give you an idea of how it would look to crouch on the lunar surface with your spacesuit faceplate to the soil.

Video: Ride along with Orion as It Plummets Back to Earth

Jason Davis • December 19, 2014

A new NASA video provides an astronaut's-eye video of the final ten minutes of Orion's test flight.

First Look Photographs of Orion's Return to Dry Land

Jason Davis • December 09, 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft is back on dry land following its offloading from the USS Anchorage late Monday night. Here are some selected photographs by Kevin Baird.

Orion Returns to Earth after Successful Test Flight

Jason Davis • December 05, 2014

NASA’s Orion spacecraft returned safely to Earth this morning after what looked like a flawless four hour, 24-minute test flight.

In Pictures: Orion's Scrub, from the Vehicle Assembly Building

Jason Davis • December 04, 2014

Here are some scenes from launch day, shot from the unique perspective of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Orion Scrub Report: Sticky Hydrogen Valves

Jason Davis • December 04, 2014

Windy weather and stuck liquid hydrogen valves forced a one-day delay of the maiden voyage of NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

Orion L-1 Report: Go for Launch

Jason Davis • December 03, 2014

The stage is set for NASA’s Orion spacecraft to launch on a two-orbit, four-hour shakedown cruise tomorrow morning. Patrick Air Force Base’s 45th Weather Squadron changed their forecast of an on-time launch to 70 percent—up from the 40 percent chances that marked the start of the week.

Orion L-2 Report: The Old Gives Way to the New

Jason Davis • December 02, 2014

With less than two days before Orion's maiden voyage, NASA and United Launch Alliance are cautiously optimistic the flight will launch Thursday as scheduled.

Your Timeline of Events for Orion's Maiden Voyage

Jason Davis • December 01, 2014

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready to embark on its maiden voyage this Thursday. Here is a timeline of events.

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Jason Davis • November 24, 2014

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Jason Davis • November 20, 2014

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

In Pictures: Expedition 41 Crew Returns to Earth

Jason Davis • November 10, 2014

The crew of Expedition 41 is safely back on Earth following a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage

Jason Davis • November 07, 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.

[Update 1] Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Testing Accident, 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Jason Davis • October 31, 2014

The private spaceflight company's spaceplane was destroyed in an accident over California's Mojave Desert.

When Nixon Stopped Human Exploration

John M. Logsdon • October 28, 2014

Society Board Member John Logsdon describes how the decisions made by Richard Nixon in late 1969 and early 1970 effectively ended human exploration beyond Earth orbit for the indefinite future.

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