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Orion capsule enters distant retrograde orbit, breaks Apollo distance record

A camera on NASA’s Orion spacecraft captured this view Saturday as the capsule flew a quarter-million miles from Earth. Credit: NASA NASA’s unpiloted Orion spacecraft fired its main engine Friday to slip into a distant lunar orbit, putting it on course to range farther from Earth than any of the Apollo astronauts flew in humanity’s first exploration missions to the ...

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NASA triumphs in successful debut launch of huge SLS moon rocket

NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket lifts off with 8.8 million pounds of thrust from two powerful solid rocket boosters and four core stage engines. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography NASA’s huge Space Launch System moon rocket finally took off from Florida early Wednesday after a decade in development, sending an unpiloted Orion crew capsule toward ...

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NASA clears Artemis moon rocket for Wednesday launch

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Orion spacecraft sits on top of the Space Launch System moon rocket Monday at Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA managers Monday reviewed the threat posed by hurricane-damaged insulation on the agency’s Artemis moon rocket and cleared the $4.1 billion booster for launch “as is” early Wednesday to kick off a long-delayed ...

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Engineers assessing hurricane-damaged insulation before Artemis launch Wednesday

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket and Orion spacecraft on Launch Complex 39B. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA managers cleared the agency’s leak-bedeviled Artemis moon rocket for the start of another countdown early Monday, but engineers must resolve questions about hurricane-damaged insulation before the huge booster can be cleared for blastoff on an unpiloted moonshot. After ...

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Artemis 1 rocket moved to hangar as spaceport completes hurricane preps

NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket moves into the Vehicle Assembly Building on Sept. 27. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now NASA moved the Space Launch System moon rocket back into its hangar Tuesday to take shelter from Hurricane Ian, likely pushing back the next launch attempt for the agency’s long-delayed Artemis 1 lunar test flight until mid-November as Kennedy ...

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NASA waves off Tuesday launch for Artemis moon rocket

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket on pad 39B. Credit: Spaceflight Now Faced with stormy weather ahead of soon-to-be Hurricane Ian, NASA managers Saturday ruled out a third attempt to launch the Artemis 1 moon rocket Tuesday but held open the option of making a run at blastoff on October 2, the current backup date. That would require leaving the $4.1 ...

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