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A Troubled Start to a Triumphant Mission: 37 Years Since the Launch of the Voyagers

Voyager 2 begins its journey of exploration, 37 years ago today (20 August), with a rousing liftoff atop a Titan IIIE-Centaur booster from Launch Complex (LC)-41 at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this week, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft became the first machine fashioned by human hands to travel close to the [...]

'The Worst Tasting Coffee': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-28 (Part 2)

Columbia rockets into orbit on the first (and only) wholly classified mission of her career. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago, this week, the Shuttle Columbia returned to flight, following a three-year down time in the aftermath of the Challenger disaster. Aboard STS-28 for a five-day flight were Commander Brewster Shaw, Pilot Dick Richards, [...]

'Constrained Arrangement': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-28 (Part 1)

Pictured during her rollout to Pad 39B, Columbia was embarking on her first flight since the Challenger disaster. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Astronaut Dick Richards was five weeks from his first launch into space when the Challenger disaster cruelly snatched the opportunity from him. In January 1985, Richards had been named as Jon McBride’s [...]

SpaceX Achieves Record-Setting Second Mission in Three Weeks

AsiaSat-8 begins its journey to geostationary transfer orbit, atop 2014′s fourth Falcon 9 v1.1. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

In spite of a nail-biting scrub in the final seconds, and ultimately erroneous rumors of a 24-hour delay, SpaceX successfully launched a record-setting fourth mission of 2014 at 4:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 5 August, delivering the [...]

SpaceX Prepares to Score Two 'Personal Bests' With AsiaSat-8 Launch

The AsiaSat-8 payload undergoes Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) testing earlier this year. Photo Credit: AsiaSat

Close to a quarter-century of powerful geostationary communications capability for southern and southeastern Asia, together with China, India, and parts of the Middle East, is set to continue with the planned launch of SpaceX’s sixth Falcon 9 v1.1 [...]

'Man Must Explore': The Grand Voyage of Apollo 15 (Part 1)

The “unreal” clarity of the lunar landscape, caused by the near-total absence of atmospheric haze or particulates, was problematic for the Apollo 15 crew when judging distance at Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

Four hundred miles (640 km) to the north of the Moon’s equator lies a place called Hadley: a small patch of Mare [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Third GPS Satellite of 2014

Stunning perspective of the Atlas V launch, carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-7 satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

In stark contrast to the primarily weather-related delays which plagued its predecessor, the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-4 mission, United Launch Alliance (ULA) scored an impressive, on-time liftoff of its ninth flight of [...]

ULA Prepares to Launch Second Mission Within One Week ... For Third Time in 2014

The seventh Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF satellite, encapsulated within its payload fairing, is presently scheduled to rocket into orbit Friday night. Photo Credit: ULA

With eight successful launches under its belt so far in 2014, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to attempt a ninth on Friday, 1 August, with the flight [...]

Long-Delayed AFSPC-4 Mission Boosted Into Orbit Atop Delta IV Rocket

Stunning view of the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) vehicle boosting the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-4 mission into near-geosynchronous orbit on Monday, 28 July. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

After four fruitless attempts, scuppered on Wednesday by Ground Support Equipment (GSE) issues and on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday by appalling weather conditions in the Cape [...]

'Whatever Was Needed': 15 Years Since the First Female Shuttle Commander (Part 2)

Columbia roars into the darkened Florida sky at 12:31 a.m. EDT on 23 July 1999. It would be one of the most hazardous launch phases in shuttle history. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, this week, the first woman ever to lead a space mission was launched aboard Shuttle Columbia to deliver NASA’s $1.5 [...]