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TO MAKE INTERPLANETARY SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE.

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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Orion’s First Crew Module Complete

September 9th, 2014

ASA’s first completed Orion crew module sits atop its service module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Space Launch System (SLS) Sound Suppression System Testing Nears Completion

September 4th, 2014

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has been assigned to manage the development of the agency’s new heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS). A portion of this assignment requires MSFC to design and test a “sound suppression” system to mitigate acoustic damage to the vehicle, the launch facility, and the crew during launch.

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Orion Monthly Accomplishments

September 4th, 2014

The heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft gets all the glory when it comes to protecting the spacecraft from the intense temperature of reentry. Although the blunt, ablative shield will see the highest temperatures – up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit on its first flight this December – the rest of the spacecraft is hardly left […]

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SLS booster test brings NASA closer to using proven hardware on SLS

August 28th, 2014

When completed, SLS will be capable of taking crew and cargo on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and eventually to Mars. The SLS 70-metric-ton (77-ton) initial configuration will launch an un-crewed Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and spacecraft prior to a crewed flight.

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NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

August 28th, 2014

On August 27, NASA officials announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) — the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars — and approved the program’s progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

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Engineers and Technicians Install Protective Shell on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

August 22nd, 2014

Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have finished installing the cone-shaped back shell of Orion’s crew module – the protective cover on the sides that make up Orion’s upside down cone shape. It’s made up of 970 black tiles that should look very familiar – the same tiles protected the belly of the space shuttles as they returned from space.

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Futuristic Armor Protects NASA’s New Mars Capsule

August 14th, 2014

NASA is building the world’s most advanced heat shield to keep astronauts cool as they return from Mars, burning through the Earth’s atmosphere at 20,000 mph. Bloomberg looks at the futuristic design that makes that possible.

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