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' ... 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 [...]

'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 [...]

Astronauts Practice Launching in NASA's New Orion Spacecraft

Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman try out a prototype display and control system inside an Orion spacecraft mockup at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the first ascent and abort simulations for the program.Photo Credit: NASA

For the first time, NASA astronauts are practicing a launch into space aboard the agency’s [...]

NASA, International Community United in Support of Bold Space Exploration Program

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday formally welcomed the eight newest candidates to the astronaut corps and unveiled a space exploration roadmap that makes clear the global community is working together on a unified deep space exploration strategic plan, with robotic and human missions to destinations that include near-Earth asteroids, the [...]

Media Invited to Meet Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Next Station Crew

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NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and two crewmates who are scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in November will conduct a news conference and be available for news interviews and social media opportunities Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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NASA Administrator Tours Earth Missions Under Construction in California

Image Credit: Nick Ut, AP

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 13, to see progress on two Earth-observing missions currently undergoing preparation for launch in 2014.

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NASA Television Updates Broadcast Time for Aug. 22 Russian Spacewalk

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NASA Television will provide live coverage as two Russian cosmonauts venture outside the International Space Station on spacewalks Friday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 22.

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NASA Video: This is Robonaut

Video courtesy of NASA

One worker at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) gets an unexpected attitude from a “colleague”—a Robonaut—on a seemingly average work day. Currently four Robonauts exist, with others in development. These robots will help humans explore, work, and live in space. One is currently aboard the International Space [...]

NASA Awards Construction and Engineering Services Contract

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NASA has selected Gilbane Building Company of Houston to provide Construction Management and Professional Engineering Services (CoMPES) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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