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24 Nov 14 3:01:00 ALMT
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'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 […]

Chasing the Dream of Suborbital Space Tourism: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Successfully Conducts Third Powered Test Flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two—pictured here—recently conducted its third successful flight test in a row, reaching its highest altitude to date of 71,000 ft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, the private space company that aims to become the first commercial spaceliner in the world, kicked 2014 into high gear with the third successful powered […]

Inspiring a New Generation to Look at the Stars: 'Max Goes to the Space Station' and More Otherworldy Adventures on the ISS

The cover of Jeffrey Bennett’s recently published children’s book “Max Goes to the Space Station.” It will be read by the crew of Expedition 38 onboard the ISS as part of an educational outreach program called “Story Time from Space.” Image Credit: Jeffrey Bennett/Big Kid Science

“It is the birthright of every child, […]

Probing the Dawn of Time: Hubble Frontier Fields Releases First Views of Distant, Previously Unseen Galaxies

A long-exposure image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, as part of the Hubble Frontier Fields program. The long blue streaks surrounding the cluster in the image come from the light of much more distant galaxies, located as far as 13 billion light-years away behind the cluster. Image Credit: […]

Opinion: Beyonce and the Use of Challenger Accident Audio Sample Indicative of Failings of Contemporary Pop Culture

Popular singer/song-writer Beyoncé has received much criticism recently from the space community for her ill-advised use of an audio sample from the Challenger accident in one of her songs. Image Credit: New York Daily News

The history of art as a form of human expression is full of provocative moments, with many […]

'To Launch Americans Into Space': The Voyage of STS-26 (Part 2)

 

After 32 months of agony and introspection, the Kennedy Space Center was again rocked by the roar of shuttle main engines and Solid Rocket Boosters on the morning of 29 September 1988. It was the dawn of a new era. Photo Credit: NASA

Setting aside the enormity of the fact that STS-26 would […]

'Americans Return to Space': The Voyage of STS-26 (Part 1)

Twenty-five years have now passed since STS-26, the mission which laid the ghosts of Challenger to rest and opened the gates for a second Golden Age of shuttle operations. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years have now passed since the voice of launch commentator Hugh Harris exulted “Americans return to space” on the morning of […]

The Shuttle Flight That Did it All: Twenty Years Since STS-51 (Part 2)

Jim Newman (left) and Carl Walz at work in Discovery’s payload bay during STS-51. Their EVA involved several key tool tests, ahead of the ambitious Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. Photo Credit: NASA

In the entirety of its 30-year operational career, none of the voyages of the space shuttle could be truly described as […]

The Shuttle Flight That Did it All: Twenty Years Since STS-51 (Part 1)

Thanks to the camera aboard the ASTRO-SPAS payload, this remarkable view of Discovery drifting against the blue and white backdrop of Earth was acquired. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-30 seconds … “

The words of the launch commentator at the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of 12 August 1993 were calm and measured, as […]

In Honor of David: The Astronaut Who Inspired Orbital's First Cygnus Mission (Part 1)

Orbital Sciences will honor the memory and achievements of G. David Low with its second Antares launch and the culmation of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract with NASA. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

Only days remain before the scheduled Sept. 17 launch of the first Cygnus cargo mission to the International […]