In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Northrop Grumman conducted the latest in a series of Orion abort motor test firing in the Utah desert. Virgin Galactic test pilots fly SpaceShipTwo to the fringes of space. One NASA spacecraft at Mars photographs a new arrival.
Human Space Exploration
From zero to 400 mph in two seconds, abort motor test ignites northern Utah sky
Coalition Member in the News – Northrop Grumman
Deseret News of Utah (12/13): At Northrop Grumman ground test facilities in Utah on Thursday, engineering managers oversaw a test of the launch abort rocket motor that would in a launch emergency lift NASA’s Orion crew capsule away from the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Orion and the SLS are cornerstones of U.S. plans to resume human deep space exploration with missions, first to the moon, then to Mars and eventually other deep space destinations. The abort motor test was the latest in a series that began in 2008.
Mars InSight lander seen in first images from space
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (12/13): NASA’s long lived Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has transmitted an image of the agency’s Mars InSight lander, which successfully touched down on November 26 to carry ...