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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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6 Jan 15 11:18:00 GMT
6 Jan 15 6:18:00 EST

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'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 […]

Atlantis Ascends: Orbiter's New Home Readied for June Opening

Former NASA shuttle astronaut Jon McBride (far left), along with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Chief Executive Officer Bill Moore, unveil the new sign in front of Shuttle Atlantis’ exhibit. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Shuttle Atlantis’ new digs has a new sign in preparation for […]

ESC Empowers: Conclusion

NASA plans to enable smaller space firms to provide services to low-Earth orbit, while the space agency works to send astronauts to destinations past the orbit of Earth. The Engineering Services Contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is working to see that this goal is achieved. Image Credit: NASA / SNC

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ESC Empowers Part 3: Payloads & Space Life Sciences

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — David Reed is a soft-spoken man with a passion for science. This much became obvious while AmericaSpace spoke with him at the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—where Reed is the payload engineering lead for the Engineering Services Contract […]

ESC Empowers Part 2: It's Electric—Lightning Protection at Launch Complex 39B

This feature uses sections of NASA video segments.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In this second installment of our series detailing the efforts of the men and women of the Engineering Services Contract, or ESC, we will detail the efforts conducted to renovate and safeguard the historic Launch Complex-39B (LC-39B) for future […]

ESC Empowers Part 1: The People that Make the Magic

The first in a six-part series detailing the men and women working on the contract that is working to rebuild and redirect NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the future. Image Credit: Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The general public views NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as the place where America launches astronauts into space. […]