15 September 2014, 09:31 AM ET
As demanded by the US Congress, NASA’s 70-metric-ton payload LEO-launcher, based on legacy designs and contractors, could look like this in its first test flight tentatively scheduled for 2017.
13 September 2014, 11:49 AM ET
In preparation of its test flight, the next-generation NASA capsule has been transferred from the Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
13 September 2014, 09:30 AM ET
NASA's first Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, is ready for fueling ahead of its debut test flight in December.
28 August 2014, 07:19 AM ET
NASA's first test launch of its new mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, will blast off by November 2018, a year later than planned. See how the SLS rocket is making progress here.
15 August 2014, 04:01 PM ET
NASA's next Mars lander, now under construction, will probe the inner workings and early stages of the Red Planet's development billions of years ago.
21 July 2014, 05:05 PM ET
Actor Morgan Freeman grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday.
19 June 2014, 07:34 AM ET
NASA's Orion capsule, which is designed to take astronauts to Mars and other farflung destinations, will blast into space for the first time in December. During the mission, Orion will travel 3,600 miles (5,790 kilometers) from Earth.
05 June 2014, 05:07 PM ET
The space agency updates the public on the progress of the first unmanned test flight of the Orion Multi-purpose crew vehicle. Still slated to launch in December 2014.
27 May 2014, 04:07 PM ET
NASA's giant new rocket, the Space Launch System, and its Orion space capsule are making progress toward two key test flights in the upcoming years. See how far along NASA's new rocket and spacecraft are, and what's next for the U.S. space vehicles.
08 May 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The recording artist promoted the Orion capsule ands Space Launch Systems in this public service announcement.
29 April 2014, 02:48 PM ET
The space agency outlines their goal to eventually land a human on the Red Planet. There is yet no specific plan or mission design.
25 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The way NASA chief Charles Bolden sees it, the future of U.S. space exploration is in deep space, and the only way to get there is with the commercial space industry and working on an international basis with countries like China and Russia.
07 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
NASA should set up a clear set of ethical rules regarding the health of astronauts on long-duration spaceflights — such as a trip to Mars — in the near future, according to a panel of health and ethics experts.
31 March 2014, 04:34 PM ET
The engines of NASA's space shuttle will be reborn for the space agency's newest rocket, designed to take humans deeper into space than ever before.
27 March 2014, 07:11 AM ET
NASA's plan to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon is only one step on the way to Mars, NASA chief Charles Bolden said Wednesday (March 26). The space agency is planning an ambitious mission to send a robotic spacecraft to an asteroid.
17 March 2014, 12:25 PM ET
To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 24th year in orbit, astronomers set their sights on NGC 2174, the Monkey Head Nebula. Young stars are sculpting gas and dust of this Orion constellation nebula.
06 March 2014, 10:43 AM ET
A tiny model (2 percent actual size) of the proposed Space Launch Systems was tested fired by Marshall Flight Center engineers to provide data on convective heating environments during ascent of the actual rocket.
06 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight company will be ready to compete for Air Force contracts using its new Falcon rocket soon, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX said today (March 5) during a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing.
04 March 2014, 01:12 PM ET
The NASA Administrator, former Shuttle Cdr. Charles F. Bolden, briefs taxpayers on NASA's goals including commercial partnerships, the Orion crew capsule and a possible heavy lift launcher.
24 February 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Night sky photographer captures spectacular images from recent gathering of astrophotography friends on the shores of New Hampshire’s Wallis Sands State Park.
19 February 2014, 03:10 PM ET
NASA has set up a "rapid response system" to pick the best candidates for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission, which aims to haul a near-Earth object into a stable orbit around the moon.
10 February 2014, 07:00 PM ET
Why is NASA duplicating private efforts — at greater expense?
10 February 2014, 04:30 PM ET
The Mobile Launcher, a massive structure, stands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and represents one of NASA's key elements of ground support equipment being upgraded.
06 February 2014, 03:14 PM ET
On Tuesday at precisely 12:55 p.m. EST (17:55 UTC), Mars rover Curiosity successfully breached the crest of the dune in “Dingo Gap.” The 1 meter-high dune stands between the rover and a smoother route to the mission’s next science target
04 February 2014, 10:10 AM ET
The brilliant planet Jupiter and constellation Orion shine brightly in this glittering night sky photo shot from the Canary Islands by astrophotographer Miguel Claro.
30 January 2014, 04:05 PM ET
The bright 'star' overhead after the Sun sets, in the winter of 2014, is our closest gas giant, Jupiter and the red supergiant Betelgeuse, 650X bigger than the Sun, is one of the shoulder of the 'Great Hunter' (Orion Constellation).
29 January 2014, 11:24 AM ET
Sound suppression testing of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. A 5% scale model of the rocket was fired in an acoustic test chamber with >250 ports for microphones and transducers.
22 January 2014, 03:06 PM ET
A popular, historic and huge NASA tour spot is closing to the public as the space agency picks up the pace preparing for the future of U.S. space exploration. Public tours into the Vehicle Assembly Building in Florida are set to end on Feb. 11.
11 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The longed-for dawn of private manned space travel appears near at hand. Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo, for example, aced its third supersonic test flight on Friday, and company officials say they remain on track to begin commercial service.
28 December 2013, 12:13 PM ET
NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the next-generation spacecraft that could be used for future manned missions to Mars, is less than a year away from its debut test launch in 2014.
19 December 2013, 04:36 PM ET
The NEOWISE spacecraft has taken its first set of test images since being reactivated in September after a 2.5-year-long hibernation. NEOWISE will resume its hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids, some of which could be targets for human exploration.
12 December 2013, 01:58 PM ET
A modified version of the orange Advanced Crew Escape System (ACES) suits worn during launch and re-entry of Space Shuttle flights was tested at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
21 November 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation aims to partner with NASA to send two astronauts on a flyby mission to the Red Planet in 2018. This has little chance of happening unless Congress and the White House approve the mission in the next few months.
20 November 2013, 03:36 PM ET
Inspiration Mars — which is led by multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist — hopes to partner with NASA, using some of the space agency's equipment and an infusion of federal money to get off the launchpad by early January 2018.
18 November 2013, 06:20 PM ET
Scientists and NASA officials are euphoric today (Nov. 18) after the smooth launch of the space agency's MAVEN Mars probe, which is now streaking toward a date with the Red Planet in September 2014.
18 November 2013, 01:32 PM ET
NASA's newest Mars probe is officially on its way to investigate longstanding mysteries of the Red Planet.