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I spent most of the first week of December down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft. As part of NASA Social, I was lucky enough to get some behind-the-scenes tours, and to talk with...Show More Summary

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...

Free NASA symposium on futuristic space tech

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

BB co-conspirator Ariel "Spacehack" Waldman points us to a free NASA conference on future space-tech happening near Kennedy Space Center January 27-29! Read the rest

Lockheed Martin engineers get first look at Orion post splashdown

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The Orion spacecraft may have taken less than five hours to fly into space and back, but it will take a fortnight for it to return to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, so Lockheed Martin, builder of the capsule, is conducting tests on the fly. Show More Summary

The Most Heartwrenching Photo of the Orion Launch

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

Sea level rise threatens NASA's launch pads

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Climate change threatens NASA's launch pads in Florida. Nearly 100 feet of beach that served as a buffer between the Atlantic and the launch pads has been lost since 2003. Vicente Arenas reports from the Kennedy Space Center.

Climate change already showing effects at Kennedy Space Center

The effects of climate change are already showing up in places from Miami to Alaska, scientists say, but geologists are now focusing their attention on one especially noteworthy and vulnerable piece of waterfront real estate: Kennedy Space Center.

NASA launches space capsule Orion

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA's Orion spacecraft has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. CBS News correspondent Chip Reid joins CBSN from the Kennedy Space Center with the latest.

NASA's Orion mission scrubbed for a day

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA's launch of its Orion spacecraft has been scrubbed for a day. CBS News correspondent Chip Reid joins CBSN from the Kennedy Space Center with more on the problems plaguing the launch.

NASA rocket launch could lead to Mars mission

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA is launching the Orion space capsule Thursday morning. Officials say it's a crucial step toward a manned mission to Mars. Chip Reid reports from the Kennedy Space Center.

Watch the Orion Spacecraft's Test Flight Right Here (Updating Live)

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NASA's Orion spacecraft, arguably the most advanced spacecraft ever constructed, is scheduled for liftoff this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If successful, we could soon see the craft toting astronauts to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Follow along live. Read more...

WATCH LIVE: NASA's Orion Test Flight Marks the First Step on the Long Road to Mars

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

NASA's Orion spacecraft is set to have its first test flight this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If the test flight proves successful, the next-gen space capsule is expected to one day carry astronauts to the...

NASA unveils cool new digital countdown clock just in time for Orion Flight Test

2 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Check out the sweet new launch countdown clock NASA just installed at the press center area of Kennedy Space Center. Read the rest

The History of NASA's Iconic Countdown Clock (And a Look at the New One)

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A few days ago every space enthusiast got sentimental when, after 45 years of operation, the iconic countdown clock at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Press Site was disassembled for removal. Perhaps more than any other piece of equipment near the launch site, the countdown clock was a piece of history. Read more...

Behold NASA's Awesome New Countdown Clock

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In anticipation of its new deep space explorer, NASA has unveiled a sleek countdown display at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The modern, digital LED display is replacing the iconic analog countdown clock. Read more...

Plug Pulled on World's 2nd-Most-Watched Clock

After London's Big Ben, NASA says, its Kennedy Space Center countdown clock was the world's most watched. Not anymore: It was taken down yesterday, WESH reports. The clock, with 336 40-watt light bulbs, has been around since 1969, alongside Apollo 12, WCSC reports. But all those hundreds of bulbs have...

Iconic Countdown Clock At The Kennedy Space Center Removed After 45 Years!

The famous countdown clock at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida has been in service for over 45 years. On November 19 though, it was lit up for one last time after which it was dismantled and taken out of service. The...Show More Summary

Marshall Space Flight Center: A tour through NASA's hidden gem

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

One of NASA’s more off-the-radar facilities is responsible for some of the organization’s most important research. Kennedy Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory may get the lion's share of attention, but Marshall Space Flight...Show More Summary

US Air Force Taking Over Space Shuttle Orbiter Processing Facility Bays 1 & 2 for X-37B

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Program for use of the center’s Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bays 1 and 2 to process the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for launch.The OPF bays were last used during NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Show More Summary

Engineers Install Orion Spacecraft's Launch Abort System

Briefly: Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida install one of the most important assemblies into its new Orion spacecraft: the launch abort system. Orion will carry astronauts to parts of the Solar System not yet explored by humans — like Mars. [NASA] More »      

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