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.
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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.
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The manager of NASA’s Orion program is optimistic the spacecraft will be ready to send humans to the moon in 2024 even as development schedules continue to slip.
For astronauts strapping themselves on top of a rocket, good safety systems aren't just nice to have — they can save lives, and they have.
NASA's efforts to return humans to the lunar surface took a short but critical leap forward in a test that evoked the last time the space agency shot for the moon.
Orion's launch-abort system did what it was supposed to do during a short test flight this morning (July 2).
Orion's launch-abort system will get a workout tomorrow (July 2) at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), and you can watch the action live.
A critical component of NASA's next crew-carrying spacecraft will be put to the test early next week.