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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 [...]

'Space Frog' Joins List of Wayward Animal Launch Day Casualties

Being an animal who calls one of the locations that NASA launches from home can be extremely hazardous to your health. Images courtesy of NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The list of animal launch day casualties increased by one (that we’re aware of) this past week with the launch of NASA’s LADEE spacecraft to the [...]

Retro Space Images: Let the Inspections Begin

Photo Credit: Angelo Taiani / Retro Space Images

Work is Done: Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center begin inspecting one of the solid rocket boosters that launched STS-8 and Space Shuttle Challenger into orbit on Aug. 30, 1983, from Launch Pad 39A. The two spent boosters were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean soon after launch [...]

30 Years Ago: First Shuttle Night Launch, First African-American Astronaut, Oldest Man in Space (Part 2)

Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago this week, the first African-American astronaut, Guy Bluford, rode into orbit aboard Challenger on the space shuttle’s first-ever night launch as a member of the STS-8 crew. He was joined by crewmates Dick Truly, Dan Brandenstein, Dale Gardner, and the then-oldest man in space, 54-year-old Bill Thornton. After [...]

30 Years Ago: First Shuttle Night Launch, First African-American Astronaut, Oldest Man in Space (Part 1)

“Dan, how do the engines look?” As Gardner worried, and Bluford chuckled, Challenger roared into the history books on the morning of 30 August 1983. Photo Credit: NASA

At about midnight on the rainy evening of 30 August 1983, the adventure began for Guy Bluford, NASA’s first African-American astronaut. Together with his four STS-8 [...]

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 [...]

'If Something Happens': Mission 51I and the End of an Era

The sheer size of the 15,000-pound Leasat-3 satellite is illustrated in this view of James “Ox” van Hoften manhandling it into space on Mission 51I. Photo Credit: NASA

For Dick Covey, the pilot of Mission 51I, the instant that Space Shuttle Discovery broke the shackles of Earth on the cusp of daybreak on 27 [...]

'Crankin’ APUs': Mission 51I and NASA’s ‘Can-Do’ Spirit

In a triumphant ending to a triumphant space salvage, James “Ox” van Hoften strikes a Charles Atlas pose on the end of the shuttle’s RMS mechanical arm, seemingly hoisting the world on his shoulders. Photo Credit: NASA

When Space Shuttle Discovery touched down in Florida on 19 April 1985—suffering seized brakes and enduring a [...]

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 [...]

Retro Space Images: Then There Were Seven

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Space Shuttle Pioneers: Col. Gordon Fullerton passed away yesterday. He can be seen in the back row, third from the left. Chosen in the seventh group of NASA astronauts, Fullerton was a member of that elite group of eight pilots who were entrusted to fly the space shuttle [...]