AmericaSpace Launch Countdown

Next Launch ATV-5 on a Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana scheduled for 29 Jul 14 23:47:38 GMT

Days
Hrs
Min
Sec
Click here for more details...

Enter your email address to subscribe to AmericaSpace and receive notifications of new posts by email.

'A Mission We Wanted to Do': The Maiden Voyage of Endeavour (Part 1)

With the possible exception of Columbia and the very first space shuttle mission, few orbiters had as dramatic and exciting a maiden voyage as Endeavour. On STS-49, she provided a reliable stage for the longest EVA in history and the first three-man EVA in history. Despite the trials and tribulations of the flight, she [...]

'I Wouldn’t Call it Fear': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 2)

The closest the shuttle ever came to a launch at the time of abort was T-1.9 seconds, on 18 August 1994. So close was the shuttle to launch, the on-board General Purpose Computers had already moded to their 102 ascent software configuration at the time of the abort. Photo Credit: NASA

In the pre-dawn [...]

'Quiet as a Crypt': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 1)

Close-up view of Discovery’s three main engines—still exhibiting evidence of scorching from their momentary ignition on 26 June 1984—in the wake of the shuttle program’s first RSLS abort. Photo Credit: NASA

Throughout its 30-year career—consciously or unconsciously—the space shuttle was acknowledged to be one of the most dangerous piloted space vehicles ever brought to [...]

Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about [...]

'Vanilla to Chocolate': The Changing Mission of STS-54

The American eagle delivers a fifth star, representing the fifth operational Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), in the STS-54 crew patch. Image Credit: NASA

When the STS-54 shuttle crew released their official crew patch in the summer of 1992, they paid tribute to two important payloads aboard their mission. The first was NASA’s [...]

' ... T-9 Minutes and Counting ... ': NASA's First Secret Shuttle Flight

Since the conception of the manned spaceflight engineer programme, the intent was to fly a dedicated officer aboard each classified flight. For Mission 51C, it would be Air Force Major Gary Payton (back left). The other NASA crew members were Loren Shriver (front left) and Ken Mattingly (front right), with Jim Buchli and Ellison [...]

'You and the Rest': Twenty Years Since NASA's Dramatic Hubble Repair Mission (Part 1)

Laden with tools and equipment, Jeff Hoffman waves from the end of the RMS arm during Hubble repair operations. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago this week, the singular space shuttle mission which marked the demarcation between past and future took place. Since the resumption of flights in September 1988, following the horrific loss [...]

Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson Leaves NASA

Gregory H. Johnson, a veteran of two space shuttle missions, has left NASA for pastures new. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost half a century ago, a grainy television picture of a man bouncing around on the airless surface of the Moon convinced a 7-year-old boy to someday become an astronaut. Gregory Harold Johnson was in [...]

Mailing List Opens Opportunity to Fly Above KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility

Photo Credit: NASA

The Shuttle Landing Experience (SLE) encourages those interested in replicating the thrill of shuttle landings to sign up for its mailing list. Each month, one person who signs up will be selected to receive a gift certificate from SLE, which is good for one free Level 1 flight with a guest of [...]

TurboFox Photography Presents: 'Hangin' Around'

“Hangin’ Around,” Atlantis STS-135.Photo Credit: Andy Sokol / TurboFox Photography

Aloft: High in NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) during STS-135 mission processing, orbiter Atlantis is captured in the act of “Hangin’ Around.”

See more of Atlantis and other unique air and space photos at TurboFox Photography

Want to keep up-to-date with all things space? [...]