'What a Lucky Person I Am': 25 Years Since STS-43 (Part 2)

The TDRS-E spacecraft departs Atlantis' payload bay on 2 August 1991. STS-43 was the only occasion that a TDRS was deployed from Atlantis. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The STS-43 consisted of (from left) David Low, Shannon Lucid, Jim Adamson, John Blaha, and Mike Baker. Theirs was the fifth-longest shuttle mission in history at the time. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A quarter-century has now passed since five astronauts roared into orbit to complete the fifth-longest space shuttle mission at that […]

SpaceX Launches Fifth GTO-Bound Mission of 2016, Accomplishes Smooth Drone Ship Landing

Spectacular middle-of-the-night liftoff for JCSAT-16, the eighth SpaceX launch of 2016. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

In the middle of the night, SpaceX delivered the JCSAT-16 payload into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), on behalf of SKY Perfect JSAT Group. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

For the first time in its 14-year history, SpaceX has successfully launched an eighth mission within a single calendar year. Its Upgraded Falcon 9 booster—first flown last […]

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to Honor 35th Anniversary of First Shuttle Missions

Thirty-five years ago, in April and November 1981, NASA launched the first reusable piloted orbital spacecraft on its first two missions. In September 2016, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) will remember STS-1 and STS-2 with a panel discussion involving three of the four astronauts. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago, in April and November 1981, NASA launched the first reusable piloted orbital spacecraft on its first two missions. In September 2016, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) will remember STS-1 and STS-2 with a panel discussion involving three of the four astronauts. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago, this summer, NASA worked […]

'Putting Your Thinking Hat On': 25 Years Since STS-43 (Part 1)

The STS-43 patch, emblazoned with the surnames of the five crew members. Image Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

 

Atlantis roars into the late morning Florida sky on 2 August 1991, 25 years ago this month. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Atlantis flew a mission which harked back to the past and set in place a cornerstone to enable the exploration of the future. […]

SpaceX Ready for Sunday Morning JCSAT-16 Launch, ASDS Landing

Falcon-9 flies into star trails with JCSAT-14 May 6, 2016. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Following hard on the heels of 6 May’s JCSAT-14 launch, SpaceX will deliver its second payload for SKY Perfect JSAT Group to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Sunday, 14 August. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Three weeks after spectacularly bringing its Upgraded Falcon 9 first-stage hardware to a smooth touchdown on Landing Zone […]

Virtual Reality Meets Space Tourism: World's First VR Satellite To Be Launched in 2017

Artist's illustration of the Overview 1 satellite in orbit, which will provide a unique virtually reality view from orbit. Image Credit: SpaceVR

Artist’s illustration of the Overview 1 satellite in orbit, which will provide a unique virtual reality view from orbit. Image Credit: SpaceVR

Virtual reality is one of the hottest trends in technology right now, and it might seem natural that it would be used in conjunction with space technology. Now, SpaceVR, a company specializing […]

'A Peaceful, If Temporary Home': 45 Years Since the Mission of Apollo 15 (Part 4)

Jim Irwin works on digging a trench to test the bearing capacity of the lunar soil. He "solved a dog's job with a dog's technique". Photo Credit: NASA

Jim Irwin works on digging a trench to test the bearing capacity of the lunar soil. He “solved a dog’s job with a dog’s technique.” Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, today, on 7 August 1971, the Apollo 15 crew—Commander Dave Scott, Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Jim Irwin, and Command Module Pilot (CMP) Al Worden—returned […]

'Lifted Up On A Pedestal': 45 Years Since the Mission of Apollo 15 (Part 3)

Haunting view of Jim Irwin with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Mount Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

Haunting view of Jim Irwin with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Mount Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, this week, as July burned into August 1971, three sons of Planet Earth were midway through their exploration of the Moon. Aboard the Command and Service Module (CSM) Endeavour, astronaut Al Worden operated a […]

'Exploration at Its Greatest': 45 Years Since the Mission of Apollo 15 (Part 2)

Dave Scott works with the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) on the slopes of Hadley Rille during Apollo 15. Photo Credit: NASA

Dave Scott works with the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) on the slopes of Hadley Rille during Apollo 15. Photo Credit: NASA

Since the evening of 20/21 July 1969, it had become something of a tradition for the commander of each Apollo lunar landing mission to make a comment as he took his first steps […]

NASA Orders Second SpaceX Crew Mission, As Space Station Prepares for IDA-2 Installation

The SpaceX Crew Dragon. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

The SpaceX Crew Dragon. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

With a little more than a year to go before U.S. astronauts launch aboard a U.S.-built spacecraft, and from U.S. soil, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era, NASA has ordered its second Post-Certification Mission (PCM) from SpaceX. The […]