This launch vehicle is designed to carry a payload equal to the size and weight of those on a space shuttles.
The history of space exploration is rich with photos from NASA that detail the history of space travel, breakthrough propulsion systems, groundbreaking astronauts and missions, and robotic exploration. Each weekday, SPACE.com looks back at the history of spaceflight, from the early days of the space race through the space shuttle era, from the years of the first rockets and satellites to the test-flight era that preceded human spaceflight, and of course beyond.
Astronaut Jerry Ross approaches the Assembly Concept for Construction of Erectable Space Structures device.
A NASA engineer measures velocity and gradient distortion with lasers during a cold-flow propulsion research test.
This experiment is designed to develop and demonstrate the technology required to use the Sun's energy for inexpensive space propulsion research.
Astronaut John Swigert holds the rigged arrangement used to purge carbon dioxide from the Lunar Module during the Apollo 13 mission.
The Aerosol Particle Analyzer flew on an Apollo earth orbital flight to measure microscopic liquid matter in the spaceship.
The world's fastest submarine in 1950, the Albacore, is tested for drag characteristics in a NACA wind tunnel.