04 December 2014, 12:01 AM ET
The Orion spacecraft, a capsule destined to fly NASA astronauts on deep-space missions to asteroids and Mars, is counting down to a planned 7:04 a.m. EST (1104 GMT) liftoff on Thursday. Watch it live here at Space.com.
03 December 2014, 07:38 PM ET
Do Orion and SLS only exist to provide jobs on Earth? Is Orion a capability without a real mission? Could Orion fly atop a SpaceX booster? NASA Chief Maj. Gen. Charlie Bolden handles these and others with Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody.
03 December 2014, 05:15 PM ET
The countdown has begun for the first test flight of the Orion Spacecraft. Here's our own by-the-numbers countdown for Orion.
03 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The flight will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo moon missions flew. But the agency envisions Orion eventually getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
01 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
The 'dashboard' or user interface of NASA's next-generation capsule will have a digital display. The capsule will also have about 60 physical switches.
01 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Orion space capsule is scheduled to travel 3,600 miles from Earth on Dec. 4, then rocket back to Earth to test out a variety of systems during an unmanned flight. No human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled so far since 1972.
25 November 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.
17 November 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Don't get him angry. You wouldn't like it when he's angry! The actor and retired body builder wants you to check out the NASA spacecraft, which he describes as "leaving other spacecraft 'Green with envy.'”
12 November 2014, 01:25 PM ET
NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at the launch pad, where it will lift off on an uncrewed test flight in support of the space agency's plans for future astronaut missions beyond Earth orbit.
10 November 2014, 07:45 PM ET
The Orion capsule will roll out to the launch pad Tuesday night (Nov. 11), moving from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to the next-door Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its Dec. 4 launch.
10 October 2014, 04:43 PM ET
Nichelle Nichols promotes the next-generation NASA capsule and its possible missions.
09 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Space agency scientists are developing two separate mission concepts, called Lunar Flashlight and the Resource Prospector Mission, to assess, and learn how to exploit, stores of water ice and other lunar resources. Both would launch by 2018.
08 October 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The test flight, scheduled for December 2014, will examine NASA's new spacecraft by flying it farther than any humans have been since the Apollo missions. NASA engineer Kelly Smith takes explains the flight, step by step.
02 October 2014, 02:10 PM ET
The 235 feet (72 meters) tall United Launch Alliance rocket was moved to Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 30th, 2014 and lifted into vertical position on October 1st, 2014.
01 October 2014, 03:32 PM ET
The Delta 4 Heavy rocket was rolled out to Launch Complex 37 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sept. 30, then lifted to a vertical position Oct. 1 to prepare for the Dec. 4 test flight of NASA's Orion crew capsule.
26 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Engineers have integrated the two stages of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch NASA's Orion capsule on a highly anticipated unmanned mission known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December.
25 September 2014, 01:00 PM ET
NASA's Mars probe is expected to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet in amazing new detail.
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.