Orion and Space Launch System

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Orion EM-1 Vehicle Progress:  Orion deep in processing for EM-1, planning for following missions  As Vice President Mike Pence visited the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), one of the welcoming party, the Orion crew module, is fast taking shape ahead of its Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) flight. With […]

International Space Station

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) Tour ISS:  Tour the International Space Station with Google Street View  Google Street View has expanded its visual services from Earth to the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured Street View imagery to share what it looks like from the inside, and what it’s like to […]

NASA Budget

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) SAC Markup:  Proposed budget gives KSC a boost toward Mars  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $19.5 billion in spending for NASA in 2018, a measure that includes $640 million in upgrades to launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center involved in launches of the Space Launch System and […]

Executive Branch

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Visits NASA KSC:  Pence: ‘We will put American boots on the face of Mars’  Vice President Mike Pence’s pledge to put American boots on Mars as part of a new era of space exploration fired up workers during a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. “Here from this bridge to space, our nation will […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Health Care Benefits:  5 health care developments that were born in space  Among the dividends from U.S. human space exploration are advances in health care, including robotic surgery and countermeasures for asthma and osteoporosis. Asteroid Mission:  NASA closing out Asteroid Redirect Mission  NASA is closing out the once planned Asteroid Redirect Mission in compliance with […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Antares Resupply Missions:  Antares to resume Cygnus launches later this summer   Orbital ATK has announced it plans to resume use of the company’s Antares launch vehicle as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island, Va., launch complex for future re-supply missions to the International Space Station. Citizens for Space Exploration – a […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Launch Abort System Test:  Orbital ATK motor test proves successful  Orbital ATK led a successful ground test firing of the Launch Abort System under development for NASA’s Orion crew exploration spacecraft in the Utah desert. The abort system is designed to sit atop Orion during the launch phase and be capable of rapidly pulling […]

International Space Station

Bread Crumbs in Space:  ‘Bake in Space’: Experiment to test baking crumb-free bread on Space Station  Bake in Space is an experiment scheduled to launch to the International Space Station next year to determine whether there is a crumb free bread suitable for a space menu. German researchers are attempting to solve a problem with […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

New Astronauts:  NASA introduces 12 new astronauts  Vice President Mike Pence joined Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, in Houston on Wednesday to introduce a new class of U.S. astronaut recruits. “I can’t tell you how privileged and honored I feel today to be able to congratulate the newest class of American heroes, the 2017 class […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Dragon Mission to ISS:  SpaceX launches its first refurbished Dragon cargo ship to the Space Station  SpaceX’s 11th NASA contracted Dragon cargo capsule lifted off for the International Space Station on Saturday with nearly 6,000 pounds of crew supplies and scientific experiments.  (See also:  S.S. John Glenn freighter departs Space Station after successful cargo delivery Starliner […]