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Below you’ll find news and events related to our deep space mission and the progress that will enable us to get there.

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Five Things We’ll Learn from Orion’s First Flight Test

June 19th, 2014

All the superlatives associated with Orion’s first mission this year – farthest a spacecraft for humans has gone in 40 years, largest heat shield, safest vehicle ever built – can be dazzling, no doubt. But the reason engineers are chomping at the bit for Orion’s first mission is the promise of crucial flight test data that can be applied to the design for future missions.

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Countdown to Deadline to Fly Your Name on Orion!

June 19th, 2014

More than 30,000 K-12 students worldwide have registered to take the Exploration Design Challenge so they can fly their name in space on Orion’s first flight – Exploration Flight Test-1. You can join the mission too, but completing the challenge by June 30!

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Orion Monthly Accomplishments – May 2014

June 1st, 2014

In just a matter of months, NASA will send its new human-rated spacecraft into space for the first time. And back here on the ground, Mission Control Center in Houston will be at the helm for Exploration Flight Test-1

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Space Launch System Monthly Accomplishments – May 2014

June 1st, 2014

SLS will have the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever used on a rocket. Stands to test the tanks and other hardware to ensure that these huge structures can withstand the incredible stresses of launch will be built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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NASA, Orion & SLS land in NYC for World Science Festival

May 19th, 2014

The World Science Festival’s signature event is an annual celebration and exploration of science that launched in 2008. Hailed a “new cultural institution”, by The New York Times, the Festival has featured such luminaries as: Stephen Hawking, Bobby McFerrin, David Baltimore, Chuck Close, Saul Perlmutter, Liev Schreiber, Philip Glass, and many others. The World Science Festival also produces year-round programming throughout NYC, nationally and internationally. If you’re in New York this weekend, check it out!

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AIAA SPACE 2014

May 18th, 2014

AIAA SPACE 2014 will examine the impacts of space activity on society. The forum will convene a global conversation around the important role our community plays in enabling a connected culture, monitoring our planet, expanding our boundaries beyond Earth, and advancing technology and innovation to address worldwide opportunities.

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How Robots Are Blazing a Trail for Manned Mars Missions

May 15th, 2014

Whenever humans finally touch down on Mars, they’ll be following in the footsteps of many brave robotic pioneers. Right now there are two NASA robots exploring the Martian surface — the Curiosity rover and its older cousin, Opportunity — while a fleet of orbiters from NASA and the European Space Agency circle above. More probes are on the way, too.

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NASA's bold plan: Landing people on asteroids

May 13th, 2014

This isn’t a real-life recreation of “Armageddon.” There’s no clear and present threat to Earth. But NASA says it’s working on plans to send astronauts into space to land on an asteroid. The NASA mission isn’t planned to take place until the 2020s. That isn’t stopping astronauts from simulating an asteroid landing in a 40-foot-deep swimming pool at a Space Center in Houston.

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