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'Tranquility Base Here': 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Changed the World (Part 3)

The Home Planet creeps slowly above the lunar horizon, as viewed from Apollo 11. Only a handful of men have seen this view in more than two million years of human history. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, this weekend, on Sunday, 20 July 1969, the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) at NASA’s Manned [...]

Hank Hartsfield, Shuttle Discovery's First Commander, Dies Aged 80

Hank Hartsfield (left), pictured with crewmate Ken Mattingly, shortly before the launch of STS-4 in June 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield, a veteran of three shuttle missions in the early 1980s—including command of the maiden voyage of the fleet leader, Discovery—passed away earlier today (Thursday, 17 July), reportedly due to [...]

Soyuz TMA-14M Crew Discuss 'Regular and Normal' Mission to Space Station

Soyuz TMA-14M crew members Aleksandr Samokutyayev, Barry “Butch” Wilmore, and Yelena Serova are pictured during an emergency procedures training session at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: NASA

With 10 weeks to go before they head into orbit for a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), the joint U.S.-Russian [...]

Expedition 40 Welcomes 'Seventh Crew Member' as Spaceship Janice Voss Arrives at Space Station

Less than three days after its rousing launch from the Virginia coast, Orbital Sciences Corp. has delivered the second of eight Cygnus cargo vehicles to the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA

Less than three days since it launched its mighty Antares booster from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on [...]

SpaceX Successfully Launches Long-Delayed Orbcomm OG- 2 Mission

In its third Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of 2014, and its fifth overall, SpaceX successfully broke a two-month hiatus and lofted six Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites into low-Earth orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

After two frustrating months, SpaceX has successfully launched its third Falcon 9 v1.1 mission of 2014, boosting six Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) [...]

Achievement Unlocked: Testing Complete on James Webb Telescope's Backplane Structure

An artist’s concept of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Image Credit: NASA/ESA

NASA announced on July 8 that it had completed static load testing on the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) Primary Mirror Backplane Support Structure (PMBSS). The testing was completed by two of the contractors tapped to work on JWST, the Northrop [...]

Antares Successfully Launches ORB-2 Cygnus Mission to Space Station

Antares rumbles away from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday, 13 July. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

After many delays, Orbital Sciences Corp. has successfully launched its second dedicated Cygnus cargo mission toward the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff of the two-stage Antares booster, carrying Cygnus—whose mission, designated [...]

'Totally Different Moon': 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Changed the World (Part 2)

To Mike Collins, the contrast between the iridescence of life on Earth and the barren, forbidding nature of the Moon was striking and profound. Photo Credit: NASA

When Apollo 11 and its three-man crew—Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin—rose into space 45 years ago, this week, on the morning of 16 July 1969, they [...]

'All Engines Running': 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Changed the World (Part 1)

Captured from a remote camera, this ghostly image records the instant of our species’ first steps into the Universe around us. Even humanity’s first footfalls on the Red Planet or any other world in the years to come, nothing can ever match the history-making audacity of what Neil Armstrong achieved one hot summer’s night [...]

Propulsion Issues Put Plans for 'Vintage' ISEE-3 Spacecraft on Ice

From the ISEE-3 Reboot Project: “An artist’s rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014.” Image Credit: Mark Maxwell/ISEE-3 Reboot Project

While the spacecraft may have been frozen in time, the excitement over its reawakening was brand new.

But the effort to re-purpose the long-dormant International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) [...]