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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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'I Hope That Flight Works Out For You': 15 Years Since John Glenn's Return to Space

Fifteen years ago today, at age 77, John Glenn became the oldest person ever to venture into space. It is a record which still stands. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago today (29 October), John Glenn became the oldest human ever to venture beyond the thin veil of Earth and into space. He was […]

'The Right Man': A Restoration of Faith (Part 2)

Atop a converted Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile, America launches its fourth man into orbit on 15 May 1963. Gordon Cooper’s 34-hour, 22-orbit voyage aboard Faith 7 would be NASA’s most challenging space mission to date. Photo Credit: NASA

Early on 14 May 1963, a hotshot pilot lay on his back in a tiny capsule, […]

Americans in Orbit: The Flight of John Glenn (Part 3)

Bobbing gently in the waves after a highly successful, though nail-bitingly harrowing, mission, Friendship 7 is readied for winching out of the water. Photo Credit: NASA

On the afternoon of 20 February 1962, millions of Americans listened and watched, transfixed as their countryman, John Glenn, plummeted back to Earth after completing three orbits of […]

Pad 14: A Place of History and Destiny (Part 2)

Gordon Cooper arrives at the base of the Pad 14 gantry on the morning of 15 May 1963, to become the last man to be launched from this historic site. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, America launched its first man into orbit around the Earth. John Glenn spent five hours aloft, completed three […]

Pad 14: A Place of History and Destiny

Fifty years ago, in 1962, Pad 14 provided the stage for America's first manned orbital mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, the 45th Space Wing, based at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, began the laborious process of restoring one of the most important landmarks in America’s early space programme. Led by Lieutenant-Colonel […]

“Lucky to be Alive”: The Controversy of Aurora 7

John Glenn (right) congratulates Scott Carpenter after his five-hour, three-orbit voyage. In December 1960, each of the Mercury Seven was asked to 'peer-vote' which of their colleagues was the best candidate for America's first astronaut. Glenn placed Carpenter at the top of his list. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, Scott Carpenter […]

“Tired of Apologising”: The Flight of Aurora 7

Five weeks before launch, Scott Carpenter and his backup, Wally Schirra (back to camera), undertake emergency water egress training for the mission. By his own admission, Schirra was furious to have been skipped for Carpenter, having trained for several months as Deke Slayton's backup. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, America launched […]

“What a Beautiful View”: The Minutes of Freedom 7

Wearing the ‘horse’s collar’, Alan Shepard is winched to the recovery helicopter, minutes after splashdown. Freedom 7 can be clearly seen in the ocean beneath him. Photo Credit: NASA

In the half-hour between 9:30 and 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time on 5 May 1961, the United States came, quite literally, to a standstill. A […]

“Light This Candle”: The Hours Before Freedom 7

Carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation, Freedom 7 thunders into space. Less than a decade later, the career of the man inside – astronaut Alan Shepard – would culminate with a flight aboard a far more powerful rocket, the Saturn V, and include a landing on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

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“Why Postpone a Success?” The Days Before Freedom 7

Alan Shepard is hoisted aboard the helicopter, deftly piloted by Wayne Koons, after completing his 15-minute suborbital flight. The patch of fluorescent green marker dye in the water around Freedom 7 is particularly obvious. Photo Credit: NASA

More than five decades have passed since the United States launched its first astronaut, Alan Shepard, into […]