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'The Tether Is Broken': The Second Flight of the Tethered Satellite (Part 2)

The Tethered Satellite System (TSS) begins its deployment from the payload bay mast on STS-75. Photo Credit: NASA

Eighteen years ago this week, Space Shuttle Columbia rocketed into orbit carrying one of the most unusual experiments on record: the reflight of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS-1R). Originally conceived by the late Professor Guiseppe Colombo [...]

Mission 61C: The Original ‘Mission Impossible’ (Part 2)

“Mission Impossible” finally launches as Columbia roars into the darkened Florida skies on 12 January 1986. Photo Credit: NASA

On Mission 61C, launched on this day (12 January) in 1986, Space Shuttle Columbia was making her first orbital flight in over two years. Late in January 1984, a month after returning from her STS-9 [...]

Mission 61C: The Original ‘Mission Impossible’ (Part 1)

Columbia swoops like a bird of prey into Edwards Air Force Base on 18 January 1986, just 10 days ahead of the Challenger tragedy. Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson would later refer to this mission as “The End of Innocence” … for after Challenger the shuttle program would never be the same again. Photo Credit: [...]

A Controversial Mission: 20 Years Since STS-58 (Part 2)

The Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS)-2 mission in late 1993 provided a platform for dozens of medical and biological investigations, the data from which proved critical for future expeditions to Mir and the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago this week, one of the most complex and controversial space shuttle flights in [...]

A Controversial Mission: 20 Years Since STS-58 (Part 1)

Columbia begins her 14-day mission on 18 October 1993. Photo Credit: NASA

“John, we’re going to fly you one of these days,” Launch Director Bob Sieck called over the communications loop on 15 October 1993. “Just hang in there.”

“Nice try,” replied STS-58 Commander John Blaha, as he and his six crewmates prepared to [...]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday to Joe Engle

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Another Year Tacked On: Happy Birthday wishes to X-15 pilot and NASA group 5 astronaut Joe Engle. Born in 1932, Engle served as commander of STS-2 in 1981 and STS-51I in 1985. Photo shows Engle and astronaut Richard Truly heading for Pad 39A during a pre-flight test prior [...]

Retro Space Images: STS-28 Post-Launch Activity

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Just the Facts: Members of the press surround Kennedy Space Center Director Forrest McCartney following the successful launch of STS-28 and Space Shuttle Columbia on Aug. 8, 1989. The STS-28 mission was the fourth shuttle mission dedicated to the Department of Defense. Photo was taken at the Complex [...]

Retro Space Images: Not Quite Finished

Photo Credit: Tom & Mark Usciak

In Need Of a High-Tech Facelift — Space Shuttle Columbia is minus a few heat shield tiles as she is delivered to Kennedy Space Center for the first time on March 24, 1979. Photo by AmericaSpace’s Tom and Mark Usciak.

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Retro Space Images: Hail Columbia!

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Dawn of the Space Shuttle — STS-2 astronauts Dick Truly and Joe Engle arrive at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on November 10, 1981. The two crewmen would take Space Shuttle Columbia into orbit two days later.

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Retro Space Images: Hail Columbia

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A New Era — Sunset at Launch Complex 39A as Space Shuttle Columbia is prepared for her first launch attempt. Photo was taken April 9, 1981.

 

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