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Another Piece of Shuttle History Leaving Cape Canaveral

NASA has entered into an agreement with the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration to be used to train midshipmen. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

One of the iconic ships that ferried the space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters (SRBs) back to shore after they splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean – will be [...]

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 [...]

Past-To-Future: NASA's Crawler-Transporters

NASA's crawler-transporters have been around since the Apollo era and are now being prepared for future missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek/Blue Sawtooth Studios

We sent veteran aerospace photojournalist Julian Leek to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a tour of one of the massive crawler-transporters that have been used by the space agency to deliver [...]

Next Generation Spacecraft No Comparison To Shuttle

None of the various spacecraft currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all the capabilities and capacities that NASA's decommissioned orbiters had. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The crop of space capsules that are currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all-too-often been dubbed “replacements” for the [...]

NASA's O & C Building, Astronaut Suit-Up Room Changing With the Times

The O & C building was where the astronauts prepared for their missions is, much like the shuttles themselves, being decommissioned. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

Located of the third floor of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Operation & Check Building (more commonly known as the O&C building) lies the astronaut [...]

Aerojet at 70: Humble Beginnings, Heady Future

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Video courtesy of Aerojet

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 [...]

Under Cloudy Skies Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Move Out

Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

Starting under cloudy skies and with the threat of rain later NASA  went ahead with the scheduled move of Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis.  A nose to nose photo opportunity did not take place due to the weather, more like two ships passing in the night. Discovery was [...]

History of Shuttle Program Video Highlights Why Shuttle “Rocked”

 

Video Courtesy of Suresh Atapattu 

For those of us that followed or worked on the space shuttle program, the fleet of flying gliders will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We will miss seeing Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour riding pillars of flame to orbit, hearing the twin sonic booms that heralded [...]

Visiting the “Three Sisters” Discovery, Atlantis & Endeavour

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Starting at 5 a.m. EDT, my day began early. I drove across the state to Kennedy Space Center, I was excited to meet with an old friend – her name is Endeavour. By the time my day was over – I would unexpectantly meet two other “old friends.”

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Into the Black: NASA’s Secret Shuttle Missions – Part Five

 

Atlantis awaits her new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. While Atlantis will undoubtedly become the star attraction at the Visitor Complex – she was always have her secrets. STS-44 is the last of the "middle child" of NASA's shuttle fleet secret missions. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

The Secret [...]