NASA plans to study putting astronauts on the first launch of its Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, a move that could introduce new delays and other complications into the vehicle’s development.
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NASA has reopened its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans as recovery work continues in the wake of a powerful tornado that damaged the manufacturing center last week.
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility has begun recovery efforts after a tornado hit the New Orleans location yesterday (Feb. 8).
A tornado impacted NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, agency officials said. Minor injuries were reported and a team is assessing damage to the NASA center's buildings.
A new spacesuit system to flush away "space poop" will likely fly on the first crewed Orion spacecraft flight, NASA said in an interview with Space.com.
A first in preparations for a manned mission to Mars, several key pieces of the Orion spacecraft project were combined to test how launch vibrations could influence astronauts' function.
A giant rocket-tank test stand rises to the sky in a new video released by NASA. The agency showed off the two-year time lapse as part of an announcement that construction is complete on the stand.
A new process of testing the aerodynamic forces acting on rocket's entails NASA painting rockets with special pink pressure-sensitive paint and conducting test in a wind tunnel.
The first crewed flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft may fly a shorter mission than previously considered, with only a loop around the moon rather than an extended stay there.
NASA's plans to use a tried-and-true, 50-year-old technology — the RL10 rocket engine — to propel the Space Launch System into deep space.
Mars is front-and-center for NASA's efforts of the next 20 years, but there will be many stops along the way.
A cereal box-size satellite, fueled by water power, is in the running for the first tiny satellite to orbit the moon.
NASA's next-generation crew-carrying spacecraft remains on track to make a historic journey around the moon in 2018, agency officials say.