If you've always wanted to wear that space suit and try out the espresso machine in the international space station, or (merely) to contribute to research about the Red Planet, now's your chance to get that application in on time.
Man is one step closer to setting foot on the Red Planet, according to NASA. The space agency, which recently announced the historic discovery of flowing water on Mars, has just announced an updated plan for 'The Journey to Mars.'
The world's largest and most powerful rocket booster ever built fired up this week, marking a major milestone in NASA's - not to mention humanity's - journey to Mars and beyond.
It's been more than two months since NASA's premier Orion spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a flawless - not to mention its very first - test flight. Now important data from that flight is coming in, and NASA's engineers and partners are already hard at work constructing and improving the next Orion for a second flight.
If you have been following the headlines, then you very well know that this was a brilliant year for space exploration. There were hardships and tragedies along the way, but it certainly must be acknowledged that humanity has come very far, and is closer than ever before to becoming a multi-planet species and civilization.
It's been said a lot this year, especially when it comes to advances in space technology, but it won't hurt to say it again: we did it! NASA's first test flight of the Orion was a grand success, with the experimental deep space vehicle making a "bullseye" splashdown 600 miles southwest of San Diego in the Pacific Ocean.
Managers from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Lockheed Martin gave a "go" to proceed with Orion's historic flight test tomorrow, an unmanned version of the same spacecraft that NASA will one day use to send astronauts to Mars. This will be the first test of the craft's crucial and experimental systems in a real flight scenario.
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip that will travel to destinations beyond the low-Earth orbit, including Mars, aboard the Orion spacecraft's first flight.
The historic first test flight of the deep space Orion spacecraft is nearly upon us, and last Tuesday the final steps for preparing for this momentous occasion were taken.
NASA officially announced the approval of the next generation rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS) on Wednesday, enabling the agency to move away from formulation tests and into the practical stages of development.
An exceptionally important stage in the building of the Orion spacecraft has finally been completed. Heat shielding to protect the craft from the intense temperatures of an atmospheric reentry has been tiled to its outside, preparing Orion for the live testing that it will undergo by the end of this year.
NASA and the US Navy could be found splashing in the Pacific Ocean early last week. However, this wasn't the deserved downtime you might think it was. The agency and military branch have been exhaustively running scenarios for the re-entry and landing of the new Orion spacecraft, which is expected to splashdown at the conclusion of its flight test in December.
NASA's prototype Space Launch System (SLS) for future deep space missions has just passed a major milestone on its way to final production.
A test model of the Orion spacecraft touched down safely on Wednesday, after being dropped from 35,000 off the ground. NASA's redesigned parachute system performed flawlessly, according to the agency.