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'Attitude-Control Game': The Fateful Launch of Skylab

Although the deployment of the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM), in the background, was considered relatively complex in terms of its criticality, no one could have foreseen that Skylab’s solar arrays and micrometeoroid shield would almost ruin the mission. In this view from Pete Conrad’s crew, the tattered wiring and tubing from the torn solar [...]

45th Space Wing's Commander: 'Yes, We Are Still Launching Rockets!'

The commander of the 45th Space Wing, Brigadier General Anthony Cotton, addresses members of the press who attended a media day held by the 45th Space Wing. The media day was held to highlight the heavy workload that the men and women of the Eastern Range have in sending various payloads to orbit. Photo [...]

Astronaut Guardian Angels Perform Flawless Air Show Rescue Demos

Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing, based out of Patrick Air Force, perform a search-and-rescue demo at this weekend's Cocoa Beach Air Show. Known as PJ's, they were the primary rescue force serving as “guardians of the astronauts” for 50 years, providing contingency response for a variety of emergencies that could potentially come up during a shuttle launch or landing. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing, based out of Patrick Air Force, perform a search-and-rescue demo at this weekend’s Cocoa Beach Air Show. Known as PJ’s, they were the primary rescue force serving as “guardians of the astronauts” for 50 years, providing contingency response for a variety of emergencies that could potentially come up [...]

Cocoa Beach Air Show Returns to Florida's Space Coast

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Kicking off with the a demonstration of the capabilities of the V-22 Osprey, the 2012 Cocoa Beach Air Show shook off the dreary weather surrounding Florida’s Space Coast and began at 12 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 22. The show displayed a wide range of fixed and rotary-winged [...]

NASA Delays Shuttle Move Again

Endeavour to spend another night on the Space Coast.Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studios / Julian Leek

NASA managers have postponed the ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour to Wednesday, Sept. 19. The decision was made to ensure a safe flight for Endeavour and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. A low pressure front in the northern [...]

Weather Postpones Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight

 

NASA Fire Department passes Endeavour. Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studios / Julian Leek

WASHINGTON — NASA’s planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, Sept. 17.

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Opinion: Our Exciting Future on Mars is Back On

The view of Mars from the Viking 2 lander in 1976. Photo Credit: NASA

We’re getting a little closer to regaining the exciting future we had on Mars before NASA pulled out of the joint ESA ExoMars mission. Between June 12 and 14, an international cohort of 200 scientists, engineers, NASA personnel, and academics [...]

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 [...]

Mysterious NROL-15 Launched On Secret Delta IV Heavy

The 235 ft. tall 840 ton Delta IV Heavy carrying the top secret 21 ton National Reconnaissance Office NROL-15 spacecraft roars off Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral on nearly 2.4 million lbs. thrust from its three uprated oxygen/hydrogen RS-68A engines. The U. S. Air Force and NRO especially upgraded these three engines [...]

Secret Relay Satellite Bound For Geosynchronous Orbit On Atlas V

Four meter Atlas V 401 shroud carrying seventh SDS 3 satellite is lifted atop single engine Centaur. Photo Credit: ULA

Details emerging about a secret National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V mission, set for launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday June 18,  indicate the payload is most likely a 7,900 lb. Satellite Data System (SDS) [...]