NASA will pluck a boulder off a large asteroid and return it to lunar orbit, rather than target an entire near-Earth object for relocation, agency officials announced today (March 25).
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NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, represents the most powerful rocket ever built. The rocket's booster fired in a test on March 11, 2015, in Utah.
When the world's largest solid rocket motor is ignited in Utah, it won't leave the ground, but it will fire with components that have a long spaceflight history.
NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — is back in Florida after more than a week in transit.
NASA's new mega rocket will probably not be launching for the first time in 2017, a NASA official said before the U.S. Congress today (Dec. 10).
NASA's first capsule built to take humans to Mars just completed a seemingly flawless first test flight, and experts are overjoyed with the spacecraft's performance
What is so important about Mars, in particular, that ESA supports not one but two missions and wants to send humans to the Red Planet?
Stunning photos captured today's epic first test launch of the Orion spacecraft, which will one day carry humans to deep-space destinations.