NASA's Space Launch System megarocket aced its first-ever liftoff late last year and appears ready to take the next big step — launching astronauts.
NASA is the space agency run by the United States to oversee American space exploration, research and technology. NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was founded in 1958 as a civilian agency for U.S. space exploration. Prior to 1958, the agency's progenitor was known as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. NASA develops, builds and launches missions to study the Earth, moon and sun, as well as the entire solar system and beyond. The agency has its headquarters in Washington D.C., with major centers in Florida (the Kennedy Space Center for launches) and Houston (the Johnson Space Center, home of the astronaut corps). Other centers are spread across the country for scientific research, test flights and spacecraft manufacturing. NASA's current chief is Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who is leading the agency's mission of returning astronauts to the moon and sending them on to Mars. See the latest NASA news.
While two names are cited repeatedly as top candidates for Artemis 2, a four-person moon mission, no official confirmation will come until at least late spring.
Moonikin Campos, Helga and Zohar flew around the moon in December 2022 to help NASA get its Orion spacecraft ready to carry Artemis astronauts to lunar realms a few years from now.
Technicians have opened the hatch of NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft, which aced its epic moon mission late last year.
The Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft reached NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 30, ending a nine-day cross-country trek.
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft made an epic flight to the moon, Russia invaded Ukraine and SpaceX set a few records.
NASA's Orion spacecraft is making another long journey after reaching the moon: a trek by truck from San Diego to the Space Coast in Florida.
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion capsule made it to port in San Diego on Tuesday (Dec. 13), two days after wrapping up its historic moon mission.
Ride to space and back again in the Artemis 1 footage, which showcases views of Earth, the moon and NASA's new Space Launch System rocket.
With Artemis 1 now in the books, the focus is quickly shifting to the Artemis program's next phase: crewed flight. But that can't happen until several pieces fall into place.
NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission wrapped up with a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Sunday (Dec. 11), and NASA couldn't be happier with how everything went.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who also chairs the National Space Council, congratulated NASA for completing the Artemis 1 uncrewed mission around the moon Sunday (Dec. 11).
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft captured gorgeous views of our home planet in the last hours before splashdown Sunday (Dec. 11).
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft will return to Earth on Sunday (Dec. 11) after nearly a month in space, and you can watch the homecoming live.
An uncrewed Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this afternoon (Dec. 11), bringing a successful end to NASA's historic Artemis 1 moon mission.
It can now be revealed that NASA's Orion spacecraft carried secret messages to the moon on its Artemis 1 mission. What's more, the hidden notes were in plain sight the entire time.
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft will end a 26-day mission to the moon on Sunday, Dec. 11, and here's what time to watch.
The huge tower that supported the epic liftoff of NASA's Artemis 1 moon mission last month has left the launch pad.
The Artemis 1 mission will end nearly a month in space with a series of wild landing steps, from skipping off of Earth's atmosphere to splashing down in the ocean.