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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.

When Good Rockets Go Bad: Orion's Launch Abort System

Jason Davis • October 20, 2014

One of the tricky parts of launching humans into space is deciding what to do if something goes wrong. And that's where Orion's Launch Abort System comes in.

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA

Jason Callahan • October 04, 2014

The end of the Moon race raised the question: what, if anything, was next for NASA? The decisions made by President Nixon in the aftermath of Apollo still impact the space program today.

In Pictures: A Busy Week at the International Space Station

Jason Davis • September 26, 2014

This week, the International Space Station received a new crew and a welcomed a SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle. Here are a few photo highlights.

NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • September 17, 2014

Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Expedition 40 Crew Returns Safely to Earth

Jason Davis • September 11, 2014

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are safely back on Earth following a five-and-a-half month stay aboard the International Space Station.

NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • August 28, 2014

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year.

International Postcards from Space

Jason Davis • August 27, 2014

A collection of pretty pictures by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who currently serves as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight By Jay Barbree

Mat Kaplan • July 27, 2014

Mat Kaplan reviews a wonderful new biography on Neil Armstrong, written with the support of Armstrong and many of the other pioneering astronauts.

45 Years after Apollo 11, NASA Prepares for Another Big Splashdown

Jason Davis • July 17, 2014

A new version of Apollo 11's splashdown will play out when the first astronauts aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft return to Earth.

Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission

Louis D. Friedman and Tom Jones • June 30, 2014

Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars.

The latest on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Jason Davis • June 23, 2014

During televised updates on June 18 and 19, NASA showcased its progress on Orion and ARM. Here's the latest news.

The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2014

For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within.

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