> The Rockets Behind the Missions -- NASA's Vehicle Fleet
Related Sites -- Launch Vehicles
Learn how NASA decides which Expendable Launch Vehicles to use.
> Expendable Launch Vehicle Mission Archives (1999-2010)
Check out detailed information about the spacecraft and launch vehicles that have taken important scientific missions into Earth's orbit and to the outer reaches of our solar system.
> H-II -- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, also referred to as JAXA
This site focuses on the H-II rocket that launches from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
> Progress -- Russian
Read about the Progress resupply vehicle, an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft used to bring supplies and fuel to the International Space Station.
> Soyuz -- Russian
This site tells about the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which can take crew members to and from the International Space Station.
> Space Shuttle Fleet
Read about Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour, NASA's space shuttle orbiters that launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
This site explains the use of the SpaceX family of launch vehicles to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space.
> Atlas V -- Countdown 101
Learn about the Atlas V booster family and the steps that it takes to launch the rocket.
> Delta II -- Countdown 101
Learn about the Delta II and the steps that it takes to launch the rocket.
> Delta IV -- Countdown 101
Learn about the launch of a Delta IV rocket that can place spacecraft in polar, sun-synchronous, geosynchronous, geosynchronous transfer and low Earth orbits.
> Delta Rocket Family Celebrates 50 Years of Durability
This site discusses the Delta rocket, which has reached 348 liftoffs and counting.
> Athena Launch History
This site has information about the Athena rocket, a core component of the Lockheed Martin Astronautics family of launch vehicles.
> Pegasus -- Countdown 101
Learn about Pegasus, a winged, three-stage solid propellant rocket that can launch a satellite into low Earth orbit.
> Pegasus -- Going My Way, Friend?
Find out how the Pegasus rocket reaches space without a launch pad.
> Sounding Rockets -- NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
Read about the ten different sounding rocket vehicles that NASA's Sounding Rockets Program Office launches.
> Taurus XL -- Countdown 101
Learn about the Taurus XL and the steps that it takes to launch the rocket.
> Emerging Technologies May Fuel Revolutionary Launcher
As NASA studies possibilities for the next launcher to the stars, an early proposal has emerged that calls for a wedge-shaped aircraft with scramjets to be launched horizontally on an electrified track or gas-powered sled.
Launch Vehicles -- Historical
> Origins of NASA Launch Vehicle Names
This site includes designations of launch vehicles and major vehicle stages that are used or have been used in the past by NASA.
> Countdown! NASA Launch Vehicles and Facilities
Learn about space launch vehicles, propellants, facilities and launch pads used by NASA.
> Explorer -- America's First Spacecraft
Find out about Explorer, which launched Jan. 31, 1958, and ushered the United States into the Space Age.
> The First Space Shuttle Mission -- The Flight of STS-1
Read about the historic flight of the STS-1 mission that launched on April 12, 1981, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
> Mercury Redstone
Read about the Mercury Redstone rocket that launched Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom on suborbital flights.
> Centaur: America's Workhorse in Space
Learn how the Centaur rocket has been used to boost satellites into orbit and propel probes into space.
> Centaur Is No Longer the Bridesmaid
This article explains how Centaur launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, better known as LCROSS.
> Scout Launch Vehicle Program
This fact sheet discusses Scout, an acronym for Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test system, a four-stage solid fuel satellite system capable of launching a 385-pound satellite into a 500-mile orbit.
> Titan Rocket Gallery
This site allows you to view and download images of variations of the Titan rocket.