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Orion Test Is the First Step in NASA's Bold Space Program

Fred Gregory | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science
Fred Gregory

NASA's successful launch of the Orion spacecraft was an important step, but it is only like dipping a toe in the cosmic ocean. In fact, the future of U.S. space leadership is being starved by lack of funding. Continued neglect will harm our national security, and our economy.

Orion: On Our Way to Mars Again?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

In the midst of a series of technical glitches that delayed the planned launch of the Orion capsule by a Delta IV rocket on Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is reported to have told NBC News, "We're now on the way to Mars, and that's what's most important." Uh, no.

This Week In Science: Seeing Infrared, Earth's Shield, and a Bug Smorgasbord

World Science Festival | Posted 12.05.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.

Orion's Dramatic Test Flight Ends With 'Bulls-Eye' Splashdown

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 12.05.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bull's-eye" Pacific splashdown Friday following a dramatic journey 3,604 miles beyon...

Watch NASA's New Space Capsule Make Its First Trip Into Space

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.04.2014 | Science

Update: NASA scrubbed the launch of the Orion space capsule this morning after a series of delays caused by high winds and problems with the rocket th...

Orion: Hard to Get All Tingly Over NASA's New Capsule

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.04.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

While the first launch of Orion (a program which has already been around for a decade) is an important step, NASA is nowhere close to having its own manned space system.

NASA Is Building a Sustainable 'Highway' for Unprecedented Deep Space Exploration

Dan Dumbacher | Posted 11.20.2014 | Science
Dan Dumbacher

In early December, NASA will take an important step into the future with the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft -- the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space.

Mighty Mega-Rocket To Usher In New Era Of Space Exploration

Space.com | Raphael Rosen | Posted 05.29.2014 | Science

A new era of space exploration — supported by a history-making new mega-rocket and a spacecraft designed to deliver humans into deep space — coul...

WATCH: Deep-Space Capsule Passes Crucial Test

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 08.24.2013 | Science

A new test of NASA's future deep-space capsule for crews is reigniting the tradition of recovering NASA spacecraft from the sea. In the still waters...

WATCH: Awesome Asteroid Mission Animation Released

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

One of NASA's most audacious plans for the future is a mission to capture an asteroid and tug it back near Earth within the reach of astronaut explor...

WATCH: Remarkable Nebula Photo Marks Hubble's 23rd Anniversary

Posted 04.20.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/19/2013 02:03 PM EDT on SPACE.com NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular new image of an iconic nebula...

WATCH: You've Never Seen A Meteor Shower Like This

Posted 11.27.2012 | Science

The Leonid meteor shower that peaked earlier this month may not have been the annual event's best showing, but audiences are still able to get an amaz...

Manned Outpost Would Let NASA 'Dip Toes' In Deep Space, Expert Says

Posted 11.20.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/20/2012 07:46 AM EST on SPACE.com Sending astronauts to a deep-space outpost beyond the moon's far side could help l...

When Will U.S. Astronauts Head Back To The Moon?

Posted 11.08.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/07/2012 06:00 PM EST on SPACE.com NASA is serious about sending astronauts back to the moon's neighborhood and will ...

Space Agency Unveils Long-Awaited Crew Capsule

Posted 07.03.2012 | Science

By: Robert Z. Pearlman Published: 07/02/2012 05:48 PM EDT on SPACE.com CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Without a heat shield or wiring, and with only wel...

Mars Science Laboratory -- Product vs. Process

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

It has often seemed over the years that there are two government space programs. One is bold and experimental in its style and approach, giving me and the millions of other Americans who are paying for this something for our money.

Meteor Shower This Weekend!

Posted 12.19.2011 | Green

There's good news for stargazers this weekend: The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks on Friday and Saturday mornings, according to WXYZ-TV, so get re...

NewSpace to the Rescue for the Space Station

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 10.28.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

It is absurd that more then 50 years into the age of human spaceflight, the entire world depends on one launch system to get people to and from space.

Dumbing Down Books: A Crime Against Literature?

guardian.co.uk | Posted 09.10.2011 | Books

Hark, hark at this righteous rage! Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert is in a right tizz over his discovery of an "intermediate" readers' vers...

WATCH: Australia's Night Sky Makes For A Gorgeous Time Lapse

Posted 09.05.2011 | Green

A rocky Australian coast on the Great Southern Ocean is the setting for this latest time lapse find from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day blog. ...

Weekly Mulch: Why Natural Gas Companies Fear Josh Fox, Gasland, and the Oscars

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The natural gas industry is afraid that Josh Fox, director of the muckraking film Gasland, might win an Os...

The Role of Government in a New American Space Agenda

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

Although it was government that led the first wave over the barricades of gravity, it is now the people who are taking on the work, and all hands are needed.

Distant Celestial Fires

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

In line with end-of-the-world prophecies linked to Mayan calendars, there's sudden noise on the Internet that Betelgeuse will become a supernova in 2012. The segue is that this will first give us Tattooine-like sunsets, then singe earth and all upon it.

The Rise of the New "Frontier" Movement

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Tumlinson

The US space program is in the midst of a historic revolution. The White House's plan to hand over low Earth orbit activities to the rising US commerc...

The Battle for the Frontier -- A Historic Moment

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

In the battle for the Frontier, the stakes are whether the United States will lead the world into space or relinquish itself to second world status by repeating the failed policies of the past.