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Astronauts Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross to Be Honored With Hall of Fame Induction

Astronauts Jerry Ross and Dr. Shannon Lucid will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 3. Image Credit: The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation website

A Shuttle-Mir veteran and a spacewalking virtuoso will join the ranks of other spaceflight legends on the afternoon of Saturday, May 3, at the Kennedy Space Center [...]

' ... T-9 Minutes and Counting ... ': NASA's First Secret Shuttle Flight

Since the conception of the manned spaceflight engineer programme, the intent was to fly a dedicated officer aboard each classified flight. For Mission 51C, it would be Air Force Major Gary Payton (back left). The other NASA crew members were Loren Shriver (front left) and Ken Mattingly (front right), with Jim Buchli and Ellison [...]

NASA Providing Support for Santa's Annual Christmas Mission Tonight

Kennedy Space Center’s 2012 holiday poster, depicting Santa Claus and NASA’s spaceflight endeavors. Image Credit: NASA

Santa’s epic mission to deliver toys to good children around the world for Christmas 2013 is already underway, with an estimated 132 million Christian homes on his “nice” list that can expect a visit. Pulling off this feat, [...]

Morpheus Rising: NASA's Prototype Lander Vehicle Soars in Recent Free-Flight Tests

The Morpheus Lander successfully completed its first of two successful free flight tests within a week, on Dec. 10. Image Credit: NASA/Johnson Space Center

In what looked like scenes from a retro science fiction movie, NASA’s Morpheus Lander successfully conducted its first two back-to-back free-flight tests within a week, earlier this month at the [...]

Of Minds & Men: The First Rendezvous in Space (Part 1)

Gemini VII, bearing astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell on a record-breaking 14-day mission, is seen through the windows of Gemini VI-A, with fellow spacefarers Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford. This mission, in December 1965, marked the first ‘true’ rendezvous between two piloted vehicles in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Two weeks before Christmas in [...]

PHOTOS: NASA Ready to Send MAVEN on Half-Billion Mile Journey to Mars Monday

The Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft onboard minutes after arriving at the launch pad Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian

The clocks are ticking and the launch team at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41 in Florida is preparing to send NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft on an epic half-billion [...]

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Hoisted Atop Its Rocket for Nov. 18 Launch to Mars

NASA’s Mars-bound MAVEN spacecraft, safely tucked inside its payload fairing, has been positioned atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster for a Nov. 18 launch attempt. Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

With less than two weeks before the launch window opens for NASA’s next mission to Mars, work continues at Cape Canaveral Space Launch [...]

'To Launch Americans Into Space': The Voyage of STS-26 (Part 2)

 

After 32 months of agony and introspection, the Kennedy Space Center was again rocked by the roar of shuttle main engines and Solid Rocket Boosters on the morning of 29 September 1988. It was the dawn of a new era. Photo Credit: NASA

Setting aside the enormity of the fact that STS-26 would [...]

'Americans Return to Space': The Voyage of STS-26 (Part 1)

Twenty-five years have now passed since STS-26, the mission which laid the ghosts of Challenger to rest and opened the gates for a second Golden Age of shuttle operations. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years have now passed since the voice of launch commentator Hugh Harris exulted “Americans return to space” on the morning of [...]

Retro Space Images: Getting Ready for Apollo 13 Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

All Smiles to Start With: Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise is relaxed and ready as he and fellow astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert prepare for launch on April 11, 1970, from the Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A. The planned third U.S. manned landing on the [...]