'How Adaptable Humans Are': 20 Years Since STS-72 (Part 2)

With an octagonal centerpiece, to honor the Space Flyer Unit (SFU), the STS-72 crew patch highlighted each of the mission's core objectives, as well as the surnames of the crew. Image Credit: NASA

Grappled by Endeavour’s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) mechanical arm, the Japanese Space Flyer Unit (SFU) satellite is readied for installation in the payload bay. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Two decades ago, last week, in January 1996, Shuttle Endeavour and a six-man crew—Commander Brian Duffy, Pilot Brent Jett, and Mission Specialists Leroy Chiao, […]

Mission for Japan: 20 Years Since STS-72 (Part 1)

Endeavour roars into the night on 11 January 1996. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, STS-72 showcased the space shuttle’s myriad capabilities in satellite deployment and retrieval, rendezvous, science, and spacewalking. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, six astronauts executed a mission which put virtually all of the space shuttle’s capabilities—satellite deployment and retrieval, rendezvous and proximity operations, research, and spacewalking—to the […]

US and UK Spacewalkers Repair, Replace, Remove, and Install Hardware Outside Space Station

Tim Kopra (center) works at the S-6 truss segment during the effort to replace the failed Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) for Power Channel 1B. Photo Credit: NASA

Tim Kopra (center) works at the S-6 truss segment during the effort to replace the failed Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) for Power Channel 1B. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 46 astronauts Tim Kopra of NASA and Britain’s Tim Peake have completed a somewhat truncated four-hour and 43-minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS), successfully […]

EVA Ahead for ISS Crew on 15 Jan, as Space Station Prepares for Ambitious 2016

Astronaut Tim Kopra, pictured during U.S. EVA-34 on 21 December, will serve as "EV1" during U.S. EVA-35 on 15 January. It will be his third career spacewalk and his first time in the lead-spacewalker role. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Tim Kopra, pictured during U.S. EVA-34 on 21 December, will serve as “EV1” during U.S. EVA-35 on 15 January. It will be his third career spacewalk and his first time in the lead-spacewalker role. Photo Credit: NASA

At the stroke of midnight, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 1 January, Expedition 46 Commander Scott […]

University Researchers and NASA Engineers Test Future Spacesuits for Mars Missions

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut spacesuits have evolved to purpose a variety of tasks and missions since the historic flight of Alan Shepard in 1961. In the past, protective spacesuit […]

Expedition 46 Spacewalkers Secure Mobile Transporter, Ahead of Progress-MS Arrival at Space Station

Expedition 46 spacewalkers Scott Kelly (EV1) and Tim Kopra (EV2) spent three hours and 16 minutes working outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, 21 December. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter/Tim Peake

Expedition 46 spacewalkers Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra today performed an “Unplanned EVA”, lasting three hours and 16 minutes, to successfully oversee the […]

Expedition 45 Astronauts Kelly and Kopra to Perform 'Unplanned' EVA on Monday

Spaceewalker Steve Smith works near the Mobile Transporter (MT), shortly after its installation on STS-110 in April 2002. Photo Credit: NASA

Spaceewalker Steve Smith works near the Mobile Transporter (MT), shortly after its installation on STS-110 in April 2002. Photo Credit: NASA

Only days after his successful launch into orbit and safe docking at the International Space Station (ISS), newly-arrived Expedition 46 resident Tim Kopra of NASA is expected to join Commander Scott Kelly on […]

'Your Big Chance': 30 Years Since the Spacewalking Spectacular of Mission 61B (Part 1)

In the earliest EVA demonstration of building a space station, Jerry Ross and Woody Spring assemble the EASE tetrahedron in Atlantis’ payload bay. Their flight, Mission 61B, began 30 years ago, next week. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago, next week, something unprecedented in the entire history of the shuttle program […]

Cosmic Ballet: Remembering Atlantis on 30th Anniversary of Maiden Flight (Part 4)

 

Between June 1995 and October 1997, Atlantis completed no fewer than seven dockings with Russia’s Mir space station, more than twice as many as any of her sister orbiters combined. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, this week, in October 1985, Atlantis became the fourth member of NASA’s Space Shuttle fleet to launch […]

Red Dog's Pack: 20 Years Since STS-69 (Part 2)

Spectacular view of Hurricane Marilyn, centered over the Caribbean Sea, during the STS-69 mission in September 1995. Photo Credit: NASA

Two decades have now passed since an 11-day period in September 1995, when the “Dogs of War” barked, woofed, and yelped their way through a remarkable mission which put virtually all of the space […]