02 January 2007, 08:40 AM ET
A renewal of robotic lunar exploration is ready for liftoff in 2007—and not by the United States. This year, China is set to launch its first lunar orbiter, followed by the summer sendoff of a mega-powerful mooncraft from Japan.
27 December 2006, 06:43 AM ET
Experts at several NASA centers are sketching out a prospective piloted stopover at an asteroid—a trek that could return samples from a targeted space rock as well as honing astronaut proficiency and test needed equipment for other space destinations.
13 December 2006, 06:33 AM ET
U.S. space exploration plans came into sharper focus with NASA’s announcement that it intends to lay the first pieces of an international lunar outpost at the Moon’s north or south poles starting around 2020.
09 December 2006, 07:35 AM ET
HOUSTON, Texas – NASA’s new goal of establishing a 21st century Moon base will require bridge building while mending fences between space scientists and exploration technologists.
05 December 2006, 02:59 PM ET
HOUSTON, Texas – The International Space Station is an invaluable teaching tool for hardware and assembly ideas required to install a permanent base on the Moon and for dispatching humans onward to Mars.
05 December 2006, 01:22 PM ET
HOUSTON — One day after the U.S. space agency unveiled a lunar exploration strategy calling for a Moon base, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale stressed that Earth’s nearest neighbor remains only a stepping stone to more distant destinations.
04 December 2006, 05:08 PM ET
HOUSTON, Texas – NASA has decided to pursue a base on the Moon. The space agency rolled out today a strategy and rationale for robotic and human exploration of the Moon—determining that a lunar outpost is the best approach to achieve a sustained, human pr
16 November 2006, 06:32 AM ET
NASA is appraising a human mission to a near-Earth asteroid—gauging the scientific merit of the endeavor while testing out spacecraft gear, as well as mastering techniques that could prove useful if a space rock ever took aim for our planet.
15 November 2006, 06:15 AM ET
GOLDEN, Colorado – NASA is set to roll out next month a U.S. national strategy for lunar exploration, one that outlines both robotic exploration needs and the rationale for sending humans back to the Moon.
02 October 2006, 07:57 AM ET
Members of the House Science Committee sought assurances from NASA Sept. 28 that the agency is taking sufficient steps to keep the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle from busting its budget and schedule as so many other large agency programs have in recent ye
27 September 2006, 07:00 AM ET
The best protection against high heat flux is an ablative heat shield. The extreme heat of reentry causes the material to pyrolize - the chemical decomposition of a material by heating in the absence of oxygen. As the PICA chars, melts and sublimates, it
27 September 2006, 07:00 AM ET
The pieces are coming together for NASA’s next spaceship Orion as space agency engineers begin working with lead contractor Lockheed Martin to shape the vehicle’s cockpit.
06 September 2006, 10:41 AM ET
With NASA’s announcement that aerospace firm Lockheed Martin will build its shuttle successor Orion, the agency is forging ahead with a test flight plan for the rockets to launch those future vehicles spaceward.
31 August 2006, 04:00 PM ET
WASHINGTON –NASA has selected Lockheed Martin as the prime contractor to design, develop and build the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), the planned replacement for the space shuttle that will become backbone of the agency’s human spaceflight program
29 August 2006, 04:33 PM ET
LOGAN, Utah – NASA is marching forward on its Moon, Mars and beyond planning, a multi-step action agenda enunciated by President George W. Bush as the vision for space exploration in January 2004. One goal of that plan is returning humans to the Moon as e
23 August 2006, 11:21 AM ET
A month after being granted a federal trademark for its use and hours after an astronaut in space inadvertantly broadcasted it for anyone to hear, NASA announced that its new crew exploration vehicle will be named Orion.
18 August 2006, 08:32 AM ET
LOGAN, Utah – NASA later today will announce winners in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration effort. Those picked are to develop and demonstrate services that could pave the way for contracts to launch and deliver crew and c
17 August 2006, 07:00 AM ET
The Spitzer Space Telescope has taken an unprecedented look at the wispy Orion nebula to find a cornucopia of stars and dust with the recipe build planets.
14 August 2006, 12:12 PM ET
NASA hasn't officially announced the name Orion for its new spacecraft, but a logo bearing the title has been seen in an internal document that labels the insignia as "approved".
20 July 2006, 07:08 PM ET
Thirty-seven years ago today, Project Apollo put the first humans on the surface of the Moon. The next time the U.S. launches its astronauts to Earth's natural satellite, they will do so as part of Project Orion, collectSPACE.com has learned.
11 April 2006, 06:56 AM ET
For the ancient Greeks, the heavens were populated by stick-figure hunters, animals and creatures of myth. Imagine what they might have seen if they'd had telescopes. From skulls and insects to space storms resembling tempests here on Earth, astronomers p
12 January 2006, 01:47 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered a giant helical magnetic field that is coiled like a snake around a rod-shaped gas cloud in the constellation Orion.
11 January 2006, 12:59 PM ET
Scientists have created the most detailed portrait ever of the closest known star factory, the Orion Nebula. They have also uncovered new details about the stellar winds responsible for carving out the nebula's ghostly skyscapes.
28 July 2005, 06:23 AM ET
For decades the conventional wisdom on M dwarfs and habitable planets was "forget it." That view is changing.