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Take Back the Night: Launch Images of Delta IV with WGS-6

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On Aug. 7, 2013, the AmericaSpace team headed to meet representatives from the United States Air Force’s 45th Space Wing as well as those from United Launch Alliance (ULA) in preparation for the launch of ULA’s Delta IV Medium with the Wideband Global Satcom 6 [...]

Rocket Man: The Legacy of Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun helped pave the United States’ path to the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Beginning in September 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, a team of about a hundred rocket scientists and engineers, led by Wernher von Braun, was spirited out of Germany and brought to the United States as [...]

Astronaut Guardian Angels Perform Flawless Air Show Rescue Demos

Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing, based out of Patrick Air Force, perform a search-and-rescue demo at this weekend's Cocoa Beach Air Show. Known as PJ's, they were the primary rescue force serving as “guardians of the astronauts” for 50 years, providing contingency response for a variety of emergencies that could potentially come up during a shuttle launch or landing. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing, based out of Patrick Air Force, perform a search-and-rescue demo at this weekend’s Cocoa Beach Air Show. Known as PJ’s, they were the primary rescue force serving as “guardians of the astronauts” for 50 years, providing contingency response for a variety of emergencies that could potentially come up [...]

Cocoa Beach Air Show Returns to Florida's Space Coast

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Kicking off with the a demonstration of the capabilities of the V-22 Osprey, the 2012 Cocoa Beach Air Show shook off the dreary weather surrounding Florida’s Space Coast and began at 12 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 22. The show displayed a wide range of fixed and rotary-winged [...]

PHOTO FEATURE: Endeavour Takes To The Skies On Historic Cross-Country Journey

Space shuttle Endeavour, riding atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, takes to the skies on her final flight. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News and AmericaSpace

Space shuttle Endeavour, riding atop NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, takes to the skies on her final flight. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News and AmericaSpace

After two days of weather delays, NASA’s retired space shuttle Endeavour finally took to the skies Wednesday morning, beginning a historic final flight for both the orbiter [...]

Weather Postpones Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight

 

NASA Fire Department passes Endeavour. Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studios / Julian Leek

WASHINGTON — NASA’s planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, Sept. 17.

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A Bumper Crop: The Cape’s First Roar of Rocket Engines

The Bumper was an unusual marriage between one of Nazi Germany's fearsome V-2 missiles and the WAC-Corporal research rocket. On 24 July 1950, the rise of Bumper 8 heralded the first howl of rocket engines at 'The Cape'. Photo Credit: US Army

Until the arrival of the rockets and the rocketeers, Cape Canaveral was [...]

Hawks and Falcons: Covering the SpaceX COTS-2 Launch with the 920th Rescue Wing

The SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket ignites to send their Dragon spacecraft on the first commercial spaceflight to the International Space Station, as shot from a 920th Rescue Wing Pave Hawk helicopter - call sign Jolly 1. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

The SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket ignites to send their Dragon spacecraft on the first commercial spaceflight to the International Space Station, as shot from a 920th Rescue Wing Pave Hawk helicopter – call sign Jolly 1. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

If you have ever watched a rocket or space shuttle [...]

SpaceX, NASA to Host Social Marking Launch of Historic Mission

NASA is opening its doors to fans of social media to witness the historic launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

Fans of Social Media and NewSpace have a rare opportunity to tweet about their passion – and experience history. Their chance [...]

Photo Feature: Discovery's Final Flight, Sunrise Departure From Kennedy Space Center

Space shuttle Discovery flying 'piggyback' atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, departing KSC this morning on her final flight, a one-way trip to the Smithsonian. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Space shuttle Discovery flying 'piggyback' atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, departing KSC this morning on her final flight, a one-way trip to the Smithsonian. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Space shuttle Discovery left Florida for the last time this morning at sunrise, right on time at 7:00 am EDT.  The orbiter took off [...]