'Fat as a Goose': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 2)

Bathed by the intense lunar sunlight, Antares sits on the undulating plain of Fra Mauro in February 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Al Shepard (foreground) and Ed Mitchell, pictured in the Lunar Module (LM) simulator during training. Photo Credit: NASA

A few hours after leaving Earth on 31 January 1971—45 years ago, this week—Apollo 14 seemed a charmed mission-in-progress, providing a stark contrast with its immediate predecessor, the ill-fated Apollo 13. As outlined in yesterday’s AmericaSpace […]

'Almost Worth the Entire Trip': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 1)

Al Shepard, pictured at Fra Mauro during Apollo 14 in early 1971. This was the planned landing site for Apollo 13. Photo Credit: NASA

Al Shepard, pictured at Fra Mauro during Apollo 14 in early 1971. This was the planned landing site for Apollo 13. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, this week, the sixth team of Apollo lunar explorers—and only the third to accomplish a landing on the Moon’s dusty surface—headed back to Earth after a mission […]

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Apollo Moonwalker, Dies at 85

Ed Mitchell, who died Thursday, 4 February 2016, aged 85. Photo Credit: NASA, with thanks to Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Ed Mitchell, who died Thursday, 4 February 2016, aged 85. Photo Credit: NASA, with thanks to Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Forty-five years to the week since he arrived in lunar orbit and subsequently became one of only 12 humans ever to leave his footprints in the dust of another world, Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell has […]

“A Nation of Quitters”: NASA’s Lunar Withdrawal

Pictured during their training as the Apollo 15 backup landing team, astronauts Dick Gordon (left) and Jack Schmitt work with a mockup of the Rover. According to Deke Slayton’s manifest predictions, both men should have flown on Apollo 18, but Schmitt’s geological expertise assured him a move to Apollo 17. Sadly, Gordon was not […]

Antares Rising: Orbital’s New Booster Joins NASA Line-Up

In a sign of growing confidence, NASA has accepted Orbital's Antares booster to compete for medium-class payload contracts. Image Credit: Orbital Sciences

Six months after gaining a new name, and only weeks before its scheduled maiden voyage, Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket has been added to NASA’s Launch Services Contract (NLS-II), enabling it to bid […]

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 […]

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ‘Then & Now’ Tour

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Bill Blakeney knows a thing-or-two about the history of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a “communicator” with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – he has to. Blakeney is one of the tour guides that work to inform the 1.2 million guests that visit the […]

Apollo Program Fondly Remembered by Those Who Made it a Reality

This image is of a poster signed by Grumman employees who worked on the Apollo program. It was photographed and put on micro-fiche and flown to the moon. Image Credit: Graham Martin

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla — “That’s one small step for man…one giant leap for mankind.” Who can forget those immortal words made famous […]

“It Wasn’t a Sense of Guilt”: The Flight of Vladimir Remek

For more than four decades, Russia's Soyuz spacecraft has ferried representatives of dozens of nations into orbit. In March 1978, an early version of this craft carried the first Czechoslovakian cosmonaut, Vladimir Remek, into space. Photo Credit: NASA

Each night, the International Space Station can clearly be seen with the naked eye. It is […]

On @ The 90: Investigations, Lawsuits & Islamic Relations – Where is NASA’s Perspective?

In an era where NASA no longer has the ability to launch astronauts on its own, the space agency appears focused on a new effort – investigating former astronaut's ownership rights. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

As China announces plans to expand their own human presence in space, complete with their own space station and […]