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Fall Science Preview: So Much Science is Headed Right for Us!

‘Tis the season for dwarf planets with an impending flood of Pluto flyby data and Dawn just about to point its spectrometer at the weird white spots on Ceres. Add in ocean floor explorations, a pair of weights in perpetual free-fall, and a rash of rocket launches and we just know this year is going out in a bang of… » 8/26/15 4:45pm Wednesday 4:45pm

This Giant Shaking Table Will Ensure the Orion Capsule Survives Launch

When the Orion spacecraft makes its maiden voyage into space, it will do so upon an unproven rocket design that's bigger than and more powerful than anything we've built before. To ensure that the precious capsule survives liftoff, NASA is shaking it down with the help of this ginormous jitter table. » 10/06/14 3:17pm 10/06/14 3:17pm

NASA Approves Construction of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

For all the super-cool and otherworldly space vehicle and satellite concepts that NASA engineers dream up, only a very small percentage of them ever make it off the drawing board and onto the production line. But the next generation Space Launch System is now part of that select few, having completed NASA's rigorous… » 8/27/14 11:40pm 8/27/14 11:40pm

NASA gives the go-ahead to the world's most powerful rocket

Today, NASA has officially committed to build the new Space Launch System, the world's most powerful rocket ever, which hopefully will take us to Mars by 2030. The program is now set for development—the 'first time that an exploration class vehicle has gotten this status since the space shuttle.' » 8/27/14 8:41pm 8/27/14 8:41pm