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'The Saddest Moment': The Story of America's First Spacewalk (Part 2)

Clasping the cold-gas maneuvering gun in his right hand, and trailed by a snake-like tether, Ed White tumbles over a cloud-speckled Earth during the United States’ first EVA. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost half a century ago, in the first week of June 1965, the the United States took a huge step forward in its […]

'Examinations of Some Kind': The Story of America's First Spacewalk (Part 1)

Ed White performs America’s first EVA outside Gemini IV in June 1965. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost half a century ago, in the first week of June 1965, the the United States took a huge step forward in its drive to land a man on the Moon. Aboard Gemini IV, astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed […]

'Yabadabadoo!' 45 Years Since Apollo 7 Charted a Course for the Moon (Part 1)

Commander Wally Schirra (center) and crewmates Donn Eisele (left) and Walt Cunningham restored America’s confidence in the Apollo spacecraft and enabled NASA to put its bold plan for a voyage to lunar orbit in motion. Photo Credit: NASA

On 30 May 1968, a brand-new spacecraft arrived at Cape Kennedy, Fla. Known formally as “Spacecraft […]

'M Equals 1': The All-Up Mission of Gemini XI (Part 1)

Dick Gordon (left) and Pete Conrad await the start of an emergency water egress training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico in July 1966. Photo Credit: NASA

Not all astronauts get on with one another, but if there ever was a crew whose members could be described as best buddies, it would be Gemini […]

'Eight Days in a Garbage Can': The Mission of Gemini V (Part 1)

Illustrating the cramped nature of their eight-day home, astronauts Pete Conrad (background) and Gordo Cooper are in jubilant spirits ahead of their 21 August 1965 launch. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost five decades have passed since a mission which Pete Conrad once described as “the longest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.” […]

Retro Space Images: The Astronaut's Astronaut

Gus Grissom tests the fit of his spacesuit. Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Grissom Suits Up — Apollo 1 commander and former Mercury and Gemini Program astronaut Gus Grissom is shown suiting up for an altitude chamber test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on October 18, 1966.

 

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Retro Space Images: McDivitt's Special Day

Happy Birthday to Jim McDivitt! Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Birthday Wishes — Happy birthday to Gemini and Apollo Program space veteran Jim McDivitt!

 

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Retro Space Images: Welcome Home

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Remembering Gemini 4 — NASA personnel aboard the USS Wasp inspect the Gemini 4 spacecraft after it was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean on this date in 1965.

 

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Retro Space Images: Where Legends Walk

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To Walk In The Black — Ed White becomes the first American to walk in space on this date in 1965 on Gemini 4.

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Countering the Threat Posed by Orbital Debris

In this computer simulation, the sheer amount of orbital debris becomes apparent—as does the need to find a way to prevent it. Image Credit: NASA

There’s a lot of junk up there. Around 20,000 bits and pieces of satellites and old rocket parts, bigger than 5 cm (2 inches) across, are floating around in […]