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'Fifteen Midnights': Celebrating the New Year in Space

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates, Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev, juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station, it might have seemed obvious [...]

'No Experience Necessary': The Story of Project Juno (Part 2)

Helen Sharman’s Sokol launch and entry suit, today housed at the National Space Centre in Leicester, United Kingdom. Photo Credit: Alan Saunders

Aside from issues of politics and finance—discussed in yesterday’s article—the choice of Helen Sharman as the first Briton in space came on 19 February 1991, when Air Vice Marshal Peter Howard—former commandant [...]

'No Experience Necessary': The Story of Project Juno (Part 1)

Surrounded by Soviet cosmonauts Musa Manarov, Sergei Krikalev, and Viktor Afanasyev, the first Briton in space enjoys the weightless environment. Helen Sharman’s flight was mired in controversy, as well as political and financial difficulty, from the outset and was seen by many as little more than a publicity stunt. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Few [...]

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 [...]

What Do Mir's Solar Arrays Predict for ISS Arrays? Part 2: The Mir Cooperative Solar Array

Space Station Mir seen from the aft. The MCSA is titled in the image. Image Credit: NASA

The Mir Solar Array Return Experiment was not the only U.S. effort to test technology for the then-upcoming International Space Station; the U.S. also contributed to a new solar array to feed the ever power-hungry Mir.

The [...]

What Do Mir's Solar Arrays Predict for ISS arrays?

Space Station Mir as seen on approach by Atlantis on STS-76. Image Credit: NASA

In 1997 the Mir Core Module had been in orbit since 1986, for a total of 11 years, 6 years longer than its design life. The United States and the Russian Federation were in the middle of an agreement to [...]

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 [...]

Aerojet at 70: Humble Beginnings, Heady Future

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Seventy years ago this week, the aerospace company, Aerojet, was founded. Based out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) the fledgling firm was started by Dr. Theodore von Kármán and five of his colleagues. The company’s formative [...]

“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 [...]

“The Guy That Sank to the Bottom”: The Falls and Rise of Jerry Ross

On STS-110 in April 2002, Jerry Ross became the first person to record a seventh space flight. He is seen here with a montage of his crew patches, shaped into the figure '7'. Photo Credit: NASA.

When President Ronald Reagan announced plans to build a permanent space station in the spring of 1984, NASA [...]