NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft NASA's Next Human Exploration Spacecraft -NASA's Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO
-Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by SLS for missions beyond LEO
-Capability to be a backup system for ISS cargo and crew delivery
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05/04/2021

May The 4th Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day from NASA's Artemis X-Wing team!

04/30/2021

Aerial photo of the Space Launch System core stage transfer into the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center yesterday. The truly massive 212-foot-tall rocket core stage for the biggest rocket NASA has ever built also gives scale for just how giant the Vehicle Assembly Building is.

04/29/2021

From the Pegasus barge to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), NASA's Space Launch System core stage is ready for final preparations prior to the #Artemis I launch!

The core stage will now be joined with the completed stack of solid rocket boosters and NASA’s Orion Spacecraft inside of the VAB. Learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/3aRbmlb

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04/29/2021

Photos from NASA's Space Launch System's post

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04/29/2021

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The official “baton” handoff of NASA's Space Launch System core stage.

Like in a track relay, this handoff signifies the last leg of our assembling of the #Artemis I SLS rocket, bringing us one step closer to launch.

04/29/2021
Core Stage Offload Q&A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

NASA's Pegasus barge carrying the core stage for the Space Launch System rocket has arrived at Kennedy Space Center! Soon, this piece of hardware will be offloaded from the barge and rolled inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building. There it will be prepared for integration atop the mobile launcher with the completed stack of solid rocket boosters ahead of the #Artemis I launch.

We will be going LIVE tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. ET with subject matter experts from NASA's Space Launch System, NASA's Exploration Ground Systems and NASA’s Orion Spacecraft. Have a question? Share in the comments below and we may answer it live during our show. See you then!

Photos from NASA's Artemis Program's post
04/28/2021

Photos from NASA's Artemis Program's post

04/28/2021

SPOTTED: NASA's Pegasus Barge 🚀⛴️

This evening, the NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage arrived at Kennedy aboard this barge! Next, it'll be unloaded and integrated with the rest of the SLS rocket and NASA’s Orion Spacecraft in preparation for launch

Live stream from Kennedy Space Center: https://bit.ly/2S0qKV

📸: NASA/Mike Downs

Photos from NASA's Space Launch System's post
04/27/2021

Photos from NASA's Space Launch System's post

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04/25/2021

Photos from NASA's Space Launch System's post

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04/22/2021

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Did you know Aerojet Rocketdyne is helping to refurbish Space Shuttle orbital maneuvering engines to be used as the main engine for NASA's Orion Spacecraft. We recently delivered our first piece of Orion hardware for the Artemis III mission, which happened to be an Orion main engine valve! #Artemis

04/19/2021

The Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center is really looking great. The American flag and NASA logo were recently repainted for NASA's Artemis Program. 🚀

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04/14/2021

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NASA Astronauts 🤝 #Artemis I flight hardware.

NASA Astronaut Josh Cassada and Sunita "Suni" Williams recently paid a visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Center to view Orion and SLS flight hardware. Check out more photos from their visit: https://go.nasa.gov/3mNHVp6

Photos from NASA's Kennedy Space Center's post
04/13/2021

Photos from NASA's Kennedy Space Center's post

Fueling Underway For Artemis I Launch – Artemis
04/12/2021
Fueling Underway For Artemis I Launch – Artemis

Fueling Underway For Artemis I Launch – Artemis

Fueling Underway For Artemis I Launch A view of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System in the Multi-Payload Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 18, 2021. Photo credit: NASA/Glenn Benson Teams with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Exploration Ground Systems and prima...

Photos from NASA Langley Research Center's post
04/07/2021

Photos from NASA Langley Research Center's post

04/06/2021
Orion Water Drop Test

We're doing a water drop test from NASA Langley Research Center's gantry. This is the second of four tests, which are aimed to help our team prepare for Artemis II, NASA’s first Artemis mission with crew.

The team at NASA's Langley Research Center is getting Orion ready for our water drop test. Watch it live right here at 1...
04/06/2021

The team at NASA's Langley Research Center is getting Orion ready for our water drop test. Watch it live right here at 1:45pm ET.

Want to know more? Send your questions to #AskNASA

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04/05/2021

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You've seen the power of the RS-25 engines. Now, learn the history behind the engines that will help launch the first #Artemis missions to the Moon HERE >> https://go.nasa.gov/39M29dl

Want to watch me make a big splash? Tuesday we will be doing a water drop test NASA Langley Recearch Center's gantry. Th...
04/04/2021

Want to watch me make a big splash?

Tuesday we will be doing a water drop test NASA Langley Recearch Center's gantry. This is the second of four tests, which are aimed to help our team prepare for Artemis II, NASA’s first Artemis mission with crew. Watch here: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-host-virtual-viewing-of-orion-spacecraft-drop-test

Want to watch me make a big splash?

Tuesday we will be doing a water drop test NASA Langley Recearch Center's gantry. This is the second of four tests, which are aimed to help our team prepare for Artemis II, NASA’s first Artemis mission with crew. Watch here: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-host-virtual-viewing-of-orion-spacecraft-drop-test

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04/04/2021

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To launch NASA’s bold #Artemis missions to the Moon, SLS uses four RS-25 engines, three unique teams, and two solid rocket boosters.

LEARN MORE about the SLS rocket, Artemis I, and NASA's Artemis Program on this 4-3-21 day HERE >> https://go.nasa.gov/31JhFSN

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04/02/2021

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Ready to make a splash?

On Tues., April 6, engineers will drop an 14,000-pound test version of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA Langley Research Center to finalize computer models prior to the crewed #Artemis II flight test.

Coverage starts at 1:45 p.m. EDT: https://go.nasa.gov/3fBsIFS

Photos from NASA's Space Launch System's post
04/02/2021

Photos from NASA's Space Launch System's post

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03/31/2021

Photos from NASA's Exploration Ground Systems's post

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03/29/2021

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No GPS in space? That’s no problem for #Artemis.

Building upon a half-century of experience in navigating space exploration missions in lunar orbit, engineers at NASA Goddard are creating new navigation solutions and combinations for Artemis missions.

https://go.nasa.gov/3tYLH0W

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NASA’S ORION SPACECRAFT

For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a deep space human spacecraft that will usher in a new era of exploration into deep space. Orion will operate in a challenging environment far from Earth. It will be the most capable spacecraft in the world, with a versatile design containing the systems and safety features to serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain astronauts during increasingly long and challenging missions thousands of miles from Earth, and provide safe re-entry under deep space return velocities.

NASA is building a sustainable presence on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis Program. The journey begins with the Orion spacecraft – NASA’s next generation spaceship that will launch atop the world’s most powerful rocket to take astronauts on a journey of exploration to the Moon and on to Mars. Orion is part of NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration, along with the Space Launch System rocket and the lunar Gateway.

To protect astronauts on these long-duration missions and return them safely to Earth, Orion engineers have woven innovative technology, advanced systems and state-of-the-art thermal protection into the fabric of the spacecraft. The team behind Orion has built upon the past 50 years of space exploration experience in human spaceflight, launch operations, robotic precursor missions, in-space construction and mission management.

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