For future deep-space missions, NASA wants to reduce the mass of its spacecraft by 40 percent. To do it, they'll need ultra-lightweight (ULW) materials. Today, the Agency announced its selection of three proposals that will develop and manufacture these materials "for future aerospace vehicles and structures."
When sending spacecraft to Mars, the current, preferred method involves shooting spacecraft towards Mars at full-speed, then performing a braking maneuver once the ship is close enough to slow it down and bring it into orbit.
Three years after its unveiling, NASA managers have approved the development of the rocket that will carry astronauts into deep space. Called the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket will be the most powerful ever built, and is designed to launch the next generation of space explorers to deep-space…
Forty-five years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center on humanity's first crewed mission to the surface of the moon. This view of Earth was captured from Apollo soon after translunar injection, just as the spacecraft was breaking away from our planet's orbit.
After scrapping all of its planned test launches earlier this month, NASA will today attempt to release its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the edge of space. The rocket-powered, flying saucer–shaped landing vehicle will then return to Earth on a dramatic path through Hawaii's skies. Watch it live, here!
Say hello to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) — it's about to become the largest, most powerful space rocket we've ever built.
The organization that's been charged with putting an astronaut on Mars by 2030 has officially been assembled. NASA finally announced the creation of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate today, an organization that will put humanity deeper into space than we've ever been.