After an intense three-year effort, the NASA Langley Ares I-X team will be watching closely when the first developmental flight test of the agency's Constellation Program takes place early Tuesday, Oct. 27, at NASA Kennedy Space Center.
A successful NASA flight test Monday demonstrated how a spacecraft returning to Earth can use an inflatable heat shield to slow and protect itself as it enters the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
Like a candle on a cake, the crew module and launch abort system that Langley helped create now sit atop the Ares I-X flight-test launch vehicle.
Zachary Madere couldn't believe his eyes when he read the e-mail announcing his first place win in NASA's Life and Work on the Moon Art & Design Contest.
With a plume of smoke and a "boom" that broke through the still Wednesday morning, the Max Launch Abort System lifted off on its 57-second path to success.
The Max Launch Abort System was successfully tested in a simulated pad abort test at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.
The "resident engineers" of the Max Launch Abort System program, which will launch its product from Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, have been moved by their experience.
Researchers at NASA Langley have an added stake in this month's space shuttle mission.
The tall Australian, wearing three sensors on her forehead, takes a short practice swing with her putter. A soft voice on a recorder advises "relax ... breathe ... good." Katherine Hull putts the ball into the hole.
Richard Davis retired from NASA Langley as a senior scientist in 2007, but that didn't mean his work was anywhere near complete.