Latest News About NASAs Space Launch System Archive
01 August 2013, 04:12 PM ET
Engineers have wrapped up the preliminary design review for NASA's Space Launch System rocket, giving its design, production and ground support plans a stamp of approval. The heavy lifter will blast astronauts toward Mars, asteroids and other destinations
01 August 2013, 11:29 AM ET
NASA has completed the initial internal review of ideas for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission, agency officials announced Wednesday. The review team met Tuesday to gauge the technical and programmatic aspects of various concepts.
30 July 2013, 01:49 PM ET
Fifty-five years ago today, a space agency was born. NASA launched into existence on July 29, 1958, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act (Pub.L. 85-568) into law. It opened for business on Oct. 1.
26 July 2013, 12:21 PM ET
As mandated by the US Senate, NASA's 70 Metric Ton capacity Space Launch System might look something like this. A tentative date of 2017 has been proposed.
25 July 2013, 10:46 AM ET
A test version of the Orion capsule was dropped from 35,000 feet above the Arizona desert with one of it's three parachutes intentionally cut away to test if the a failed parachute would interfere with the remaining parachutes.
24 July 2013, 05:41 PM ET
NASA's Orion capsule, planned to be its next manned spaceship, safely landed during a flight test today (July 24) using just two of its three parachutes.
23 July 2013, 07:14 PM ET
NASA's next spaceship, the Orion capsule, will be dropped over Arizona Wednesday (July 24) for a parachute test that will be broadcast live in a Google+ Hangout.'s Clara Moskowitz will be one of a few reporters participating.
18 July 2013, 04:14 AM ET
Betelgeuse is well-known because of its bright size and easy-to-spot location in the constellation Orion. It is of astronomical interest because it will likely go supernova in less than a million years.
11 July 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Just as on Earth, a group of people working together for a length of time on Mars will face some tensions. Now, NASA scientists are developing devices to monitor how astronauts are getting along to ensure a cohesive team on the Red Planet.
10 July 2013, 08:12 PM ET
A House panel approved appropriations legislation Wednesday (July 10) that would give NASA $16.6 billion for 2014, cutting agency spending back to levels not seen since 2007. The proposed 2014 appropriation is about $300 million less than what NASA ended
03 July 2013, 10:12 AM ET
Astronaut John W. Young salutes the U.S. Flag.
28 June 2013, 04:00 PM ET
NASA's Deep Space Network will support India's first Mars orbiter mission launching later this year.
18 June 2013, 01:15 PM ET
A House Science space subcommittee bill would direct NASA astronauts back to the moon.
18 June 2013, 01:11 PM ET
It's possible that not a single known object meets the current criteria, one researcher says.
17 June 2013, 10:20 AM ET
NASA has picked its eight newest space travelers, the 2013 astronaut class, for future trips to asteroids and Mars.
13 June 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The crew module on the Orion spacecraft is designed for multiple flights.
07 June 2013, 04:10 PM ET
NASA's Space Launch System will take people farther into the solar system than ever.
07 June 2013, 03:19 AM ET
A night sky photographer shot this stunning image of Orion over mustard fields in India.
16 May 2013, 04:50 PM ET
This dramatic space wallpaper reveals cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion showing what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky.
14 May 2013, 06:30 AM ET
Skylab II could be the United States' first deep-space station.
06 May 2013, 03:25 PM ET
This space wallpaper reveals a stunning view from ESA’s Herschel space observatory of the iconic Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings.
02 May 2013, 11:58 AM ET
Astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi took this image of Orion over an ancient castle in Hungary.
12 April 2013, 05:00 AM ET
The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is running ahead of schedule and on budget
11 April 2013, 03:00 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper is a composite color image of the Herschel PACS 70, 100, 160 micron-wavelength images of Betelgeuse.
10 April 2013, 06:08 PM ET
The mission is in its early stages, but some details are already emerging.
10 April 2013, 05:38 PM ET
See reactions to NASA's 2014 budget from space agency, industry and science luminaries.
10 April 2013, 05:15 PM ET
The ambitious plan would have the goal of moving a small asteroid to a new orbit near the Earth by the year 2025.
10 April 2013, 04:24 PM ET
The energy source that fuels the sun and other stars could propel rockets that take humans to other planets.
10 April 2013, 03:21 PM ET
NASA's 2014 budget request includes $105 million to kick-start the agency's asteroid capture mission.
10 April 2013, 01:42 PM ET
NASA's Charles Bolden released a statement about the budget today.
10 April 2013, 11:46 AM ET
NASA's 2014 budget request would fund the agency below 2012 levels, at about $17.7 billion.
10 April 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is expected to receive $100 million for an ambitious asteroid-retrieval mission.
10 April 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The mission is challenging but achievable, experts say.
05 April 2013, 05:16 PM ET
The money should jump-start an ambitious program to send astronauts to a space rock in 2021.
02 April 2013, 07:30 AM ET
The Skylab II outpost would be a modified hydrogen tank from NASA's Space Launch System rocket.
31 March 2013, 07:29 AM ET
NASA new Space Launch System is a huge rocket for manned deep space flights.