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'Miles and Miles and Miles': Opportunity Sets New Off-World Distance Milestone

Simulated image of Opportunity at work in Endurance crater. The “little Mars rover that could” recently surpassed a 41-year-old “off-world” distance record. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad famously quipped as he stepped upon the Moon’s surface, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small [step] for Neil [Armstrong], but that’s a long [...]

Hank Hartsfield, Shuttle Discovery's First Commander, Dies Aged 80

Hank Hartsfield (left), pictured with crewmate Ken Mattingly, shortly before the launch of STS-4 in June 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield, a veteran of three shuttle missions in the early 1980s—including command of the maiden voyage of the fleet leader, Discovery—passed away earlier today (Thursday, 17 July), reportedly due to [...]

Northrop Grumman Honors LM Workers at Apollo 11 44th Anniversary Event

On Saturday, July 20, Northrop Grumman held a ceremony to honor the workers that made the Moon landings a reality. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Apollo/Saturn V Center played host to Northrop Grumman’s gala celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon [...]

Retro Space Images: Take the Tour

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Touring the Cape: Group 3 astronauts Dave Scott and Bill Anders get a close-up view of SA-6 on Pad 37 during a tour of the Cape in 1963.

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Retro Space Images: Historic Artist Meets History-Maker

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Art of Apollo — NASA image from 1979 showing artist Robert McCall at Johnson Space Center with astronaut John Young and his wife, Suzy.

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Retro Space Images: Shock and Awe

The Saturn V, which would carry the Apollo 16 crew to the Moon, surrounded by lightning. Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Light and Sound — Lightning dances around Apollo 15 on the eve of launch, July 25, 1971.

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From People on Wheels to People and Wheels on the Moon: The Automotive Lunar Explorers

Jim Irwin works with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Hadley, in July-August 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Chrysler, Delco, Ford, and General Motors are hardly the sort of names—at first glance—that might be associated with Project Apollo, the grandest and boldest adventure of exploration in human history. Since the dawn of the [...]

'Forever Young' – A Memoir of ‘The Astronaut’s Astronaut’

In April 1972, John Young became the ninth man to set foot on the Moon. It was an incredible achievement for a man who rose from humble beginnings in Depression-era Cartersville, Ga. Photo Credit: NASA

In the days before his first mission into space, way back in March 1965, John Young was asked by [...]

40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 2 – Unpicking the Men

Forty years after Apollo 17, Jack Schmitt remains the only professional geologist to practice his art on another world. Pictured in this view with Old Glory at Taurus-Littrow, he is backdropped by the two celestial bodies upon which he had based his entire career: the Moon and the Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years [...]

Apollo Astronauts Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Apollo 16 At KSC Visitor Complex

Astronauts Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14) and Fred Haise (Apollo 13) talk about their missions to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 16 landing on the moon. Photo Credit: Julian Leek

Astronauts Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14) and Fred Haise (Apollo 13) talk about their missions to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 16 landing on the moon. Photo Credit: Julian Leek

With all the fanfare of the shuttle Discovery fly out to Washington this week another great milestone in space was [...]