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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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SLS Design ‘Looks Strong’ After Review

August 13th, 2014

NASA’s long-cherished goal of -returning to space with a human-rated vehicle capable of supporting a new era of deep-space exploration is closing in on a crucial phase as the agency’s space launch system (SLS) moves from development toward -testing

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