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Given NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's recent comments - it is unclear if the stage has been set for another attempt to cancel NASA's hum...

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft was powered on for the first time today. The completed Orion spacecraft will be installed on a Delta IV heavy rocket for Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) that is still on track for September, 2014. NASA is also developing a new rocket, the Space Launch System, which will power subsequent missions into deep space, beginning with Exploration Mission-1 in 2017.

This morning's launch was delayed by four minutes due to a collision avoidance. Photo Credit: Mike Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

NASA has tapped United Launch Alliance's Atlas V launch vehicle to power a solar observatory mission to orbit in 2017. Photo Credit: Jim Sie...

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio During the 5-hour, 28-minute spacewalk on 15 Aug. 2007, STS-118 mission specialist, participates in the mission’s third planned session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. Spacewalks – Blue Sky: credit: NASA

Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket Orb-3 CRS-3 Commercial Resupply Services 3 NASA Wallops Flight Facility Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A Photo Credit JD Taylor SpaceFlight Insider.jpg