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NASA kicks off SLS engine testing in Mississippi

January 13, 2015

A powerful space shuttle-era rocket engine ignited for more than eight minutes on a test stand in Mississippi last week, kicking off hotfire testing for NASA’s Space Launch System mega-rocket after contamination and computer woes kept the engine silent several months longer than planned.

NASA water mapper set for move to the launch pad

January 12, 2015

Making a scientific measurement of planet Earth on a global scale never before attempted by NASA is the objective of an environment satellite to be mounted atop its booster rocket Tuesday in California.

Photos: Falcon 9 rocket climbs away from Cape Canaveral

January 10, 2015

Crowned with a commercial cargo capsule with 5,100 pounds of provisions and experiments, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral on Saturday, sending the Dragon supply ship on a two-day trek to the International Space Station. See photos of the predawn liftoff.

Dragon successfully launched, rocket recovery demo crash lands

January 10, 2015

A commercial Dragon spaceship soared into orbit from Cape Canaveral on Saturday in pursuit of the International Space Station, but the automated craft’s Falcon 9 booster crash landed after flying back to Earth in a daring test of futuristic reusable rocket technologies.

Lockheed Martin begins taking apart first flown Orion capsule

January 9, 2015

NASA’s Orion spacecraft achieved all but two of 87 demo objectives on its first orbital flight last month, but details on the capsule’s performance will require dismantling the spaceship’s outer skin in a careful procedure designed to keep most of the Orion prototype intact for future testing.

Photos: Falcon 9 after Tuesday’s aborted countdown

January 7, 2015

The Falcon 9 rocket’s launch attempt Tuesday was called off after SpaceX engineers detected a problem with the launcher’s second stage thrust vector control system. See photos of the 208-foot-tall rocket on its Cape Canaveral launch pad after the scrub.

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