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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 […]

Two Shuttles, Two Launches, One Planet…and a Five-Day Goal

 

Artist's impression of the Galileo-Centaur deployment on Mission 61G in May 1986. Image Credit: NASA

When Challenger exploded on 28 January 1986, it crushed many dreams of America’s space programme. The Shuttle was expected to open new frontiers and deliver people into orbit with unrivalled frequency and reliability…but herein was one of its […]

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 […]

Challenger Learning Centers: Opening Young Minds to Wonders of Space

Shuttle Challenger Crew. (Back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnick (Front row) Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair. Photo Credit: NASA

“Inspiring Kids.  Inspire people to dream and achieve. Explore beyond the known and familiar. Learn as we go and help others to learn with us.” Such is the mission of […]

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 […]

“For All Womankind”: America’s First Female Astronauts

Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, pauses to gaze through Challenger's flight deck windows on STS-7. Photo Credit: NASA.

Three decades ago, in April 1982, a 30-year-old female scientist was given the most electrifying news of her career. Sally Kristen Ride, a civilian physics PhD from Stanford University, had been chosen, six years […]

Uncommon Ability, Uncommon Goal: NASA’s First Black Astronauts

 

To date, NASA's last African-American space voyager was Al Drew, seen here during an EVA on the STS-133 mission in early 2011. However, the work and achievements of many black astronauts have served to galvanise a new generation. Photo Credit: NASA.

Thirty years ago, in April 1982, NASA announced the names of three […]

“A Catastrophe of the Highest Order”: The Tragic Legacy of Roger Boisjoly

A poignant image of a fragment from Challenger's shattered body, bearing the fallen craft's name. Photo Credit: NASA

By peculiar coincidence, Roger Mark Boisjoly, who died last month, aged 73, lived as long in years as Challenger did in seconds. Both achieved remarkable feats in their all-too-short lives. Both pushed boundaries and broke barriers […]

Challenger Whistleblower Dies of Cancer

Roger Boisjoly, an aerospace engineer who warned that extreme cold temperatures could comprimise O-rings within the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters before the Challenger disaster has died of cancer. he was 73. Image Credit: NASA

If you mention the word “Challenger” and the first name out of the average person’s mouth will more-than-likely be […]