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2014-09-16 16:21:59

Selection Will Return Launches to America WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation's...

Orion crew and service module
2014-09-11 16:21:01

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Engineers finished building the Orion crew module, attached it and the already-completed service module to the adapter that will join Orion to its rocket and transported the...

Space Launch System rocket
2014-08-27 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle....

orion recovery
2014-08-06 20:20:54

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of technicians, engineers, sailors and divers just wrapped up a successful week of testing and preparing for various scenarios that could play out when NASA's new Orion spacecraft splashes into the Pacific Ocean following its first space flight test in December. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO After enduring the extreme environment of space, Orion will blaze back through Earth's atmosphere at speeds near...

2014-08-06 20:20:52

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 LOS ANGELES, Aug 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a simulated ocean recovery of an Orion spacecraft test article, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], NASA and the U.S. Navy practiced recovery techniques for retrieving the crew module after it splashes down at sea following its first test flight later this year. This test allowed the team to evaluate procedures, hardware and personnel responsible for the recovery. During the test, which took...

NASA Veteran Jon Cowart Receives Space Flight Awareness Silver Snoopy Award
2014-07-02 03:47:11

By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales, NASA Jon Cowart's email signature, which comes from the movie "Intersteller," reads "Perhaps we have forgotten that we are still pioneers . . . That we’ve barely begun.  And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us… That our destiny lies above us." But ask just about anyone who knows the 27-year NASA veteran and they'll tell you all about his many accomplishments and pioneering spirit. The outspoken engineer told Spaceport Magazine he had...

Parachutes For NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passed Most Difficult Test
2014-06-25 03:21:47

NASA NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday. A test version of Orion touched down safely in the Arizona desert after being pulled out of a C-17 aircraft, 35,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground. It was the first time some parachutes in the system had been tested at such a high altitude. Engineers also put additional stresses on the parachutes by allowing the test version of Orion to free...

Orion launch abort system
2014-06-19 08:05:24

NASA All the superlatives associated with Orion's first mission this year – farthest a spacecraft for humans has gone in 40 years, largest heat shield, safest vehicle ever built – can be dazzling, no doubt. But the reason engineers are chomping at the bit for Orion's first mission is the promise of crucial flight test data that can be applied to the design for future missions.  Orion only has two flight test opportunities before astronauts climb aboard for the first crewed mission in...

Orion crew module
2014-06-12 03:00:51

NASA With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements –crew module, service module and launch abort system – into the correct configuration for launch. "Now that we're getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible...

2014-06-10 16:21:30

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the completion of the heat shield installation, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has stacked the Orion crew module atop of the service module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test (FAST) cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. As part of the process to prepare for the crew and service modules to stack together, ballast weights were added...


Latest Constellation program Reference Libraries

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2009-07-06 14:36:56

Orion is a spacecraft design that is being developed by the United States space agency NASA. When completed, each Orion spacecraft will carry a crew of up to six astronauts. Along with Orion, the Ares I launch vehicle is also being developed. Orion and Ares I are both part of NASA's Project Constellation. The project should be complete in 2010, when NASA wants to start planning on sending human explorers back to the Moon, and eventually Mars and other celestial bodies in the Solar System....

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2009-07-06 12:14:43

Project Constellation is a spaceflight program run by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The program goals are to continue significant operations away from Earth's environment, to develop technologies needed for expanding exploration of space, and to continue conducting fundamental science. Project Constellation was developed by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study, which established how NASA would pursue the goals from the Vision for Space Exploration and the...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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