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31 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
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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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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 […]

30 Years Since STS-6: The Rise of the Challenger (Part 1)

Challenger rolls in gloomy midwinter fog towards Pad 39A on 30 November 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago this week, America’s second space shuttle thundered into orbit for the first time. Challenger spent five days circling the Home Planet, deployed a giant communications and data-relay satellite for NASA, and saw the first U.S. […]

'A Kind of Wheelie': The Desert Landing of STS-3

Flanked by two NASA T-38 jets, flying chase, Columbia touches down in the mountain-ringed expanse of White Sands Missile Range on 30 March 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

More than three decades ago—and two full years ahead of the first shuttle launch—NASA took the unusual step of picking a great white blotch of compacted salt […]