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NASA Mega Moon Rocket Passes Key Test, Readies for Launch

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 18:00
The largest rocket element NASA has ever built, the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, fired its four RS-25 engines for 8 minutes and 19 seconds Thursday at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 17:11
As a leading agency observing and understanding environmental changes to Earth, NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force.

NASA, SpaceX Sign Joint Spaceflight Safety Agreement

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 14:22
NASA and SpaceX have signed a joint agreement to formalize both parties’ strong interest in the sharing of information to maintain and improve space safety.

NASA to Host Briefing to Preview First Mars Helicopter Flights

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 14:35
NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. PDT) Tuesday, March 23, to discuss upcoming activities for the agency’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter.

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Available for Interviews Prior to Launch

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 11:27
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will be available Tuesday, March 23, for media interviews prior to his April launch to the International Space Station, which will be his second spaceflight.

NASA to Host Virtual Symposium Exploring Rise of Commercial Space

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 13:38
From activities in low-Earth orbit to NASA’s Artemis program, the commercial space industry has emerged as an innovator in areas of space access, commerce, and exploration.

NASA TV to Air Second Rocket Test for Artemis Moon Missions

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 11:07
NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 18, for the second hot fire test of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

NASA Awards Rapid IV On-Ramp 1 Contract for Spacecraft Systems, Services

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 16:52
NASA has awarded contracts to Thales Alenia Space France of Cannes, France, and Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A. of Rome, Italy, under the On-Ramp feature of the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV (Rapid IV) contract.

California Students to Hear from NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:33
Students from across California will have an opportunity Thursday, March 18, to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Space Station Crew to Relocate Soyuz to Make Room for New Crewmates

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:16
Three residents of the International Space Station will take a spin around their orbital neighborhood in the Soyuz MS-17 on Friday, March 19, relocating the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of the next set of crew members.

NASA TV to Provide Coverage as Astronauts Venture Out for Spacewalk

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 16:40
Two NASA astronauts will conduct the fifth spacewalk of the year Saturday, March 13, to complete several systems upgrades to the International Space Station.

NASA Assigns Astronaut Mark Vande Hei to International Space Station Crew

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 15:33
NASA has assigned astronaut Mark Vande Hei to an upcoming mission to the International Space Station as a flight engineer and member of the Expedition 64/65 crew.

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 16:43
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape.

NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Next Commercial Crew Launch

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 15:17
Media accreditation is now open for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA Awards Mars Ascent Propulsion System Contract for Sample Return

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:53
NASA has awarded the Mars Ascent Propulsion System (MAPS) contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation of Elkton, Maryland, to provide propulsion support and products for spaceflight missions at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA to Provide Update on Perseverance ‘Firsts’ Since Mars Landing

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 16:43
Since NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover touched down at Jezero Crater Feb. 18, mission controllers have made substantial progress as they prepare the rover for the unpaved road ahead.

Vice President Kamala Harris Calls NASA Astronaut Victor Glover

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 13:38
In celebration of Black History Month, NASA astronaut Victor Glover welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris to the International Space Station for a virtual chat.

NASA Celebrates ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson With Building Naming Ceremony

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 17:59
On Friday, NASA celebrated the agency’s first African American female engineer, Mary W. Jackson, with a ceremony to formally name the agency’s headquarters building in Washington in her honor.

NASA Awards Launch Service Contract for TROPICS Mission to Study Storm Processes

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 16:56
NASA has selected Astra Space Inc. to provide a launch service for the agency’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of SmallSats (TROPICS) mission.

NASA to Begin High-Voltage Ground Testing on All-Electric X-57

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:30
NASA is set to start high-voltage functional ground testing of the agency’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, which will perform flights to help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft. NASA is also supporting these new electric aircraft by developing quiet, efficient, reliable technology these vehicles will need