The first European-built service module for NASA's Orion spacecraft is finally ready to be shipped to the United States for final preparations before a scheduled mid-2020 launch.
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Today (Oct. 3), aerospace giant Lockheed Martin revealed its concept for a reusable, single-stage spaceship capable of ferrying four astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of the moon.
NASA will run its final parachute test for the Orion spacecraft on Sept. 12 as the agency readies Orion for its first uncrewed mission around the moon.
Here's a primer on the Gateway, the moon-orbiting space station that NASA plans to start building in the next half-decade.
Take a walk through Lockheed Martin's proposed habitat for NASA's moon-orbiting space station, which the agency plans to start building in 2022.
In a scene straight out of NASA's past, a towering gantry was rolled into a large rocket hangar to undergo checks in support of the space agency's future.
Technicians from an aerospace and military contractor recently completed construction of the Orion capsule, which is designed to take astronauts back to the moon.
NASA's human-rated moon spacecraft just got its heat shield for a test mission that will take place in 2019 or 2020.
Lockheed Martin has been involved in aviation and space exploration for about 100 years. Projects include the Hubble Space Telescope, Atlas and Titan rockets and the Orion spacecraft.
See amazing photos of NASA's new Orion space capsule for deep-space missions to an asteroid, the moon or even Mars.
The parachutes that will slow NASA's Orion crew capsule during its descent back to Earth aced an important test last week.
NASA and the Israel Space Agency have signed an agreement to use the AstroRad radiation protection vest on NASA's Exploration Mission-1 flight.
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum celebrated Kids Week 2018 with a panel of NASA engineers and one record-breaking astronaut to inspire children about the future of Mars exploration.
The walkway that astronauts will cross when boarding NASA's next spacecraft bound for the moon has now been raised into place.
NASA's fiscal year 2019 proposal will likely set up another showdown between NASA and Congress regarding the Europa Clipper mission, debating not only when to launch the spacecraft but also how.