After reviewing a record-breaking flurry of applications from would-be space travelers, NASA is ready to announce the new astronaut class of 2017.
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The first flight of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human crew, agency officials said today (May 12).
A Space Launch System (SLS) fuel tank needed for structural tests in advance of the debut flight of NASA's heavy-lift booster was damaged on May 3, the space agency said today (May 11).
Flanked by a forest view, a motor for the Orion spacecraft underwent a three-pronged fiery test ahead of being used for flights across the solar system.
It looks like NASA's stepping-stone to Mars will be a miniature space station in lunar orbit rather than a chunk of captured asteroid.
An updated take on an ancient weaving technique is helping NASA build key components for the Orion spacecraft, which could help carry humans to Mars and other deep-space destinations.
NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day help ferry humans to to Mars, completed a successful parachute drop test on March 8.
The NASA spacecraft that could one day help ferry humans to Mars is scheduled to undergo a parachute test tomorrow (March 8).
President Donald Trump's vision for America includes landing astronauts on the moon or Mars by the mid-2020s, if his first address to Congress is any guide.
A rainbow graced NASA's first engine test of 2017 for its powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which is expected to bring astronauts outside of Earth orbit in the coming decade.
NASA is studying whether to add astronauts on the first test flight of the Space Launch System and Orion. Should the agency launch crew on this first flight?
A NASA authorization bill passed by the Senate Feb. 17 would require NASA to reexamine the feasibility of using the Orion spacecraft to transport crews to and from the International Space Station.
A safety oversight panel expressed concern Thursday (Feb. 23) about an idea, currently being studied by NASA, to put astronauts aboard the first flight of the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket.