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'Tumbling End Over End': The Trauma of Gemini VIII (Part 2)

Dave Scott (left) and Neil Armstrong breathe the fresh air of Earth as the hatches of Gemini VIII are opened after splashdown. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-eight years ago today, Gemini VIII astronauts Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott accomplished a key goal in America’s bid to land a man on the Moon by successfully rendezvousing [...]

Astronaut Autographs, Flown Items, and More Available at ASF's Online Auction

Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation will host its Fall Auction of Astronaut Memorabilia starting at 9 a.m. (EDT) Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. There will be some 34 lots with a wide range of unique space-flown items which have been signed by the men and women who were involved with [...]

Content To Be Decided: NASA’s ‘C-Prime’ Decision

In a view never seen by human eyes before Christmas Eve 1968, the distant Earth rises above the lunar limb. The ‘C-Prime’ decision had paid off in spectacular fashion. Photo Credit: NASA

Seven has long been considered a lucky and mystical number. From the week of Creation in Christian tradition to the number of [...]

Three Shuttle Veterans Set to Be Inducted Into Astronaut Hall of Fame

Photo Credit: U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Three space shuttle veterans are being inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be carried like on NASA Television. The three astronauts that will be included into the hall of [...]

LRO Retraces Apollo 8's Footsteps

Video courtesy of NASA

It had been a bad year for the United States. The U.S. was fighting the unpopular Vietnam War. Back on the home front, both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. Then, just before the end of the year NASA pulled ahead of Russia in the race to the [...]

Apollo 16: The Flight of ‘Billy Rubin’ and ‘Typhoid Mary’

Apollo 16 commander John Young gazes across the rugged terrain during humanity's fifth piloted lunar landing. Two days before this photograph was taken, the chances of Young and Charlie Duke landing on the Moon at all quite literally hung by a thread. Photo Credit: NASA

Four decades ago, this week, NASA almost didn’t land [...]

“We Show You On The Mains”: The Triumph of Apollo 13

Aboard the USS Iwo Jima, heading firstly for Pago Pago in American Samoa, and from thence to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, Jim Lovell reads about his rescue in a Honolulu newspaper. Photo Credit: NASA

By the middle of April 1970, Project Apollo – America’s effort to land a man on the lunar [...]

“How Do You Like This Sim?”: The Return of Apollo 13

Representatives of humanity have only seen this view, of Earth in her entirety, on only a handful of occasions. In this glorious image from Apollo 13, taken hours before splashdown, the Home Planet and all of her people seem to beckon the safe return of Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise. Photo Credit: [...]

“Main B Bus Undervolt”: The Unluckiest Day

In this astonishing view, captured from the command module Odyssey, shortly after separation on 17 April, the full damage to Apollo 13's service module is shockingly apparent. One entire side panel had been lost and the ship's oxygen and electrical supply had been crippled, placing Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise in dire [...]

“It Comes After Twelve”: The Unlucky Days Before Apollo 13

In this view from Apollo 14, which completed the mission where Apollo 13 had failed, a field of boulders leads towards the rim of Cone Crater. The region of Fra Mauro and Cone Crater were thought to harbour specimens from the 'original' lunar crust, ejected by the impact which created Mare Imbrium, 480 km [...]