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NASA's moonbound rocket rolled to the launch pad, and satellites orbiting Earth captured the milestone from space.
"It was a sight unseen before by mankind." That was how NASA described the first rollout of a Saturn V rocket. "Spaceport News" could reuse that lede for the first Space Launch System booster.
A newly released time-lapse video shows the stacking of the huge Space Launch System rocket that will launch NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission in the coming months.
The first SLS mission, an uncrewed flight around the moon, is scheduled to launch in March. Crewed missions are slated to follow in 2024 and 2025.
An uncrewed Orion capsule could ride the first Space Launch System megarocket as early as Feb. 12, 2022. But a lot has to go right.
NASA stacked its Orion capsule atop a Space Launch System megarocket yesterday (Oct. 20), notching a major milestone for the agency and its Artemis program of crewed lunar exploration.
NASA made a splash today (April 6) by dropping a test version of its Orion crew capsule for future moon missions into a big pool.
The OIG determined that Orion, the next-gen capsule that will carry NASA astronauts to the moon and other deep-space destinations, has continued to experience cost increases and schedule delays.
NASA has ordered 18 more rocket engines for its new Space Launch System megarocket for future Artemis moon missions.
A NASA Orion crew capsule has made it to its Florida launch site ahead of a landmark 2021 mission around the moon.
NASA recently tasked a company to open production on the spacecraft that will bring astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program.
A part of the Orion spacecraft abort system is one step closer to ready following a 30-second "trial by fire."
On Aug. 5, 2019, the Orion spacecraft's main engine successfully completed a critical propulsion test.
Wanna fly like Superman? With an incredible new camera view, you can get a rare mid-air perspective and watch a spacecraft streaking through the atmosphere.