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' ... T-9 Minutes and Counting ... ': NASA's First Secret Shuttle Flight

Since the conception of the manned spaceflight engineer programme, the intent was to fly a dedicated officer aboard each classified flight. For Mission 51C, it would be Air Force Major Gary Payton (back left). The other NASA crew members were Loren Shriver (front left) and Ken Mattingly (front right), with Jim Buchli and Ellison [...]

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, [...]

'I Hope That Flight Works Out For You': 15 Years Since John Glenn's Return to Space

Fifteen years ago today, at age 77, John Glenn became the oldest person ever to venture into space. It is a record which still stands. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago today (29 October), John Glenn became the oldest human ever to venture beyond the thin veil of Earth and into space. He was [...]

'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 [...]

'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 [...]

Retro Space Images: Preparing STS-41D

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Age of Discovery: The Sun sets at Pad 39A on August 29, 1984, as preparations continue for the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery the following morning. The first launch attempt for Discovery had ended with a pad abort at T-6 seconds on June 26, 1984.

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Three Space Shuttle Veterans Inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame

Numerous members of the Astronaut Hall of Fame welcomed Bonnie Dunbar, Curt Brown, and Eileen Collins into their ranks today at a ceremony held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Three space shuttle veterans, including the first woman to command a [...]

See Comet PanSTARRS As It Becomes Visible Across North America

  Comet PanSTARRS visits the inner solar system this month, possibly becoming bright enough to see with the naked eye.  Video Credit: ScienceAtNASA

Comet C/2011 L4, better known as PanSTARRS, made its debut in the skies of the northern hemisphere this week.  The comet, however, is proving to be much more difficult to [...]