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New Observations Reveal a Dramatic Web Structure Inside the Orion Nebula

Perhaps the most recognisable constellation in the night sky is Orion the hunter. Look closely at the three bright orbs lined up below his belt—his sword. The middle one isn’t a star, but an entire nebula, and parts of it have been invisible to researchers until recently. Read More >>

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NASA’s New Test Pilots Look Like Total Dummies

Building a safe spacecraft is in some ways like building a safe car: If you don’t want your astronauts to die, you need to test the vehicle thoroughly. And just like cars, that means using crash test dummies. Read More >>

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Orion Is Ready to Wear Its Shield

The Orion Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) spacecraft is about to get its heat shield, which is manufactured in large part by Lockheed Martin. Building the heat shield involved a so-called out of autoclave (OOA) cure process, a high temperature, high pressure method for manufacturing composite materials, such as carbon fibre and epoxy resins. Read More >>

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NASA’s Orion Module is About to be All Shook Up

What’s that big metal doughnut on the ceiling? Glad you asked. It’s part of NASA’s forthcoming Orion Service Module, about to be tested to ensure it can withstand the vibrations it will be exposed to during launch and travel. Read More >>

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The Detail That Goes Into Making Orion’s Windows is Incredible

Given how high-tech spacecraft tend to be, I was surprised to learn that existing space vehicles tend to use good old-fashioned glass (albeit a rather expensive kind). But for the next-gen Orion spacecraft, NASA has been working overtime to find something stronger, lighter, and just a little less fragile. Read More >>

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NASA’s New Rocket Booster is a Firebreathing God of Thunder

NASA successfully live-fired the new booster for its Space Launcher System. It's the largest, most powerful booster ever built, putting one hell of a scorch mark into the desert. And yes, there's a video. Read More >>

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This is What Orion Looks Like Naked

It's amazing how effective those thermal shields are on NASA's Orion spacecraft. With all of the panels removed for a viewing by Kennedy Space Center workers, you can hardly see any heat-related damage under the skin of the spacecraft. Read More >>

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You Must Watch the Acid Trip of a Light Show Orion Produced on Reentry

A few days ago, we saw what astronauts see when they reenter Earth's atmosphere in the Soyuz space capsule. But that awesome array of sparks and glowing heat waves pales in comparison to new reentry footage recently taken from a camera on the Orion crew module. Read More >>

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The Most Heartwrenching Photo of the Orion Launch

Since Orion launched on Friday, we've seen dozens of fabulous photos of NASA's EFT-1 mission, mostly of the majestic Delta IV Heavy launch at Kennedy Space Center. But this one is truly outstanding. Read More >>

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Orion is Going Home

Captured on December 5th, somewhere on the infinite Pacific Ocean, this image shows the Orion crew module in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage after Navy divers recovered it following the first and flawless exploration flight test. Read More >>

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral

NASA's Orion spacecraft, designed to ferry the first humans to Mars, lifts off from Cape Canaveral on Friday morning. Orion reached speeds of 20,000 mph and travelled 3,600 miles from Earth before a successful splashdown in the Pacific. [Bill Ingalls/NASA] Read More >>