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Fixing Solar Max: 30 Years Since Mission 41C (Part 2)

Backdropped by the glorious Earth, Challenger drifts serenely with Solar Max secured in her payload bay. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago today (6 April 1984), the shuttle launched on arguably its most ambitious mission to date: a mission which would demonstrate the reusable orbiter’s capabilities of rendezvous, retrieval, satellite repair, and spacewalking with [...]

Fixing Solar Max: 30 Years Since Mission 41C (Part 1)

Thirty years ago this week, Mission 41C put the shuttle’s capabilities to the test. In a single flight, the reusable vehicle demonstrated its capacity to support satellite deployment and retrieval, rendezvous and proximity operations, untethered spacewalking and robotics … and served as a highlight of the ingenuity of the human spirit. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de

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All the King's Horses: The Final Mission to Skylab (Part 3)

The final Skylab crew was tasked with its first EVA only a week after arriving in space. It was only the start of an overloaded work schedule which Ed Gibson later described as “a 33-day fire drill.” Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago this week, in November 1973, NASA launched its third and final [...]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday to Astronaut Bob Crippen!

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Light the Candles: Happy Birthday wishes going out to space shuttle veteran and former Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Crippen, who was born in 1937. The four-time space shuttle astronaut was pilot aboard the first shuttle mission in 1981, and then commanded STS-7, STS-41-C, and STS-41G. Photo shows [...]

A Sick Crew and A Sick Ship: The Trials of Skylab 3 (Part 4)

Skylab 3 and astronauts Al Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma returned safely to Earth on 25 September 1973, after 59 days in orbit. Yet for the first quarter of their mission, the exact duration of their flight remained open to question. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago this summer, America’s first space station—Skylab—was [...]

'Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come': Reflections on Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation remembered the United States’ first space station—Skylab. Photo Credit: NASA

In an episode of Mad Men entitled “The Wheel,” the show’s protagonist, Don Draper, intoned while pitching an ad campaign for a Kodak Carousel slide projector, “Nostalgia—it’s delicate, but potent … Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from [...]

Retro Space Images: Not Quite Finished

Photo Credit: Tom & Mark Usciak

In Need Of a High-Tech Facelift — Space Shuttle Columbia is minus a few heat shield tiles as she is delivered to Kennedy Space Center for the first time on March 24, 1979. Photo by AmericaSpace’s Tom and Mark Usciak.

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Retro Space Images: Ride, Sally Ride

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Flight Suit Attitude — Thirty years ago today, astronaut Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space. Ride was launched aboard Space Shuttle Challenger with astronauts Bob Crippen, Rick Hauck, John Fabian, and Norm Thagard.

 

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Ride, Sally Ride: Thirty Years Since America's First Woman in Space (Part 2)

 

Sally Ride at work on Challenger’s flight deck during STS-7. Her mission opened the door for U.S. women to venture into orbit. Thirty years since her pioneering flight, her legacy is represented aboard the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg. Photo Credit: NASA

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the [...]

Ride, Sally Ride: Thirty Years Since America's First Woman in Space (Part 1)

As an astronaut and as an ambassador for science and exploration, Sally Ride created a lasting impact on society. Photo Credit: NASA

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of America’s first woman into space. On 18 June 1983, physicist Dr. Sally Ride rocketed into orbit aboard Challenger and followed in the footsteps [...]