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SpaceX's Shotwell Addresses Contamination Concerns Previously Reported by News Outlets

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is seen berthed at the International Space Station (ISS) during the CRS-2 mission in early 2013. SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell discussed the upcoming CRS-3 mission on The Space Show. Photo Credit: NASA

SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell was featured on the March 21 episode [...]

Secretive NROL-67 Payload Awaits Tuesday Launch Atop Atlas V

The Atlas V has flown just once in its 541 configuration, which represents the second most powerful variant of the rocket. On Tuesday, another 541 will take to the skies of Cape Canaveral, carrying the classified NROL-67 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

A shroud of secrecy hangs over United [...]

Gemini 3 and the Fortune of John Young (Part 2)

Aboard a recovery helicopter after their splashdown on 23 March 1965, Gus Grissom (left) became the first man to record two space missions and John Young concluded the first flight in one of the most dramatic space careers of all time. Photo Credit: NASA

At just under five hours, the mission of Gemini 3 [...]

Gemini 3 and the Misfortune of Al Shepard (Part 1)

In addition to carrying the equipment of the prime crew, Gemini 3 backups Wally Schirra (third from the right) and Tom Stafford (second from right) saw to it that they fulfilled the mission’s humor requirements. As a result, Gemini 3 would forever come to be known as “The Corned Beef Sandwich Mission.” Photo Credit: [...]

'Tumbling End Over End': The Trauma of Gemini VIII (Part 2)

Dave Scott (left) and Neil Armstrong breathe the fresh air of Earth as the hatches of Gemini VIII are opened after splashdown. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-eight years ago today, Gemini VIII astronauts Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott accomplished a key goal in America’s bid to land a man on the Moon by successfully rendezvousing [...]

'A Finite Number of Heartbeats': The Trauma of Gemini VIII (Part 1)

Neil Armstrong (left) and Dave Scott sought to fulfil many of the objectives needed to reach the Moon, including orbital rendezvous and docking. They were the only Gemini crew whose two members both walked on the Moon later in their careers. Photo Credit: NASA

At the dawn of 1966, America’s drive to land a [...]

SpaceX Delays Sunday Launch of Dragon Cargo Mission Atop 'Legged' Falcon 9

The CRS-3 mission will be SpaceX’s first flight of a Dragon spacecraft for a full year. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Following last week’s successful hot-fire test of the nine first-stage engines of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—has announced that it will delay the launch [...]

84 Days in Space, 84 Years on Earth: The Life and Legacy of Bill Pogue

Bill Pogue (center), pictured with crewmates Gerry Carr (left) and Ed Gibson on 27 July 2013 at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s 40th anniversary of Skylab. Photo Credit: Emily Carney

Last month, NASA marked the 40th anniversary of the end of the final Skylab mission, and less than four weeks later the agency is mourning the [...]

'Does Anyone Read Me?' 45 Years Since Apollo 9 (Part 2)

As Rusty Schweickart performed his EVA from Spider, Dave Scott made a “stand-up” EVA in Gumdrop’s hatch. It was always recognized that in an emergency returning lunar crews might need to transfer by “extravehicular” means from the LM back to the CSM. Photo Credit: NASA

Early on 5 March 1969, 45 years ago this [...]

'We Were at War': 45 Years Since Apollo 9 (Part 1)

The year 1969 was pivotal in so many ways for humanity. At its dawn, American astronauts had newly returned from circling the Moon, and by July it had produced our first piloted landfall on another world. These astonishing achievements continue to resonate today—particularly following 2012′s untimely loss of Neil Armstrong—but there is one mission, flown [...]