America's 'Destiny': 15 Years Since the Launch of the US Lab (Part 1)

The Destiny laboratory is maneuvered towards its final location at the forward port of the Unity node in February 2001. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Fifteen years ago, this month, Atlantis became the first member of the space shuttle fleet to complete a third visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Her legacy on STS-98 was to install the heart of the U.S. Orbital Segment (USOS). Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, today, on 20 February 2001, Space Shuttle […]

Veteran Astronaut Kevin Ford Departs NASA

Kevin Ford is reflected and inverted in a blob of water, during his five-month Expedition 33/34 increment. Photo Credit: NASA

Kevin Ford is reflected and inverted in a blob of water, during his five-month Expedition 33/34 increment. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Kevin Ford—who piloted one of the twilight missions of shuttle Discovery’s glittering career, before commanding the International Space Station (ISS) for over 100 days—departed NASA on Friday, 29 January. The retired Air Force […]

'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 […]

Kopra and Peake Primed for Friday Spacewalk

U.S. EVA-35 represents the third career spacewalk for EV1 Tim Kopra and the first for EV2 Tim Peake. Photo Credit: NASA

Tim Peake undergoes suit fit-checks in the Quest airlock, ahead of U.S. EVA-35. Photo Credit: NASA

He may be long-retired from the British Army, and his Christian name may have a different vowel at its core, but “Major Tim” Peake will pay unique tribute on Friday, 15 January, to “Starman” David Bowie, who died […]

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 […]

'You Need to Hear All the Notes': 25 Years Since STS-35 (Part 2)

Stunning perspective of Namibia, as viewed by the STS-35 crew, 25 years ago, in December 1990. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Had history smiled with more favor, ASTRO-1 might have taken place almost three decades ago, but the space shuttle’s first mission totally dedicated to astrophysics was repeatedly delayed in the aftermath of […]

'The Thing That Was Really Unique': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-38 (Part 2)

As with her launch and the bulk of her on-orbit operations, Atlantis’ landing was also shrouded in gloom. She became the first orbiter to return to the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in more than 5.5 years when she touched down on 20 November 1990. Photo Credit: NASA, via […]

'Most Serious and Significant Work': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-38 (Part 1)

The STS-38 crew consisted of (from left) Pilot Frank Culbertson, Mission Specialists Carl Meade, Bob Springer and Sam Gemar, and Commander Dick Covey. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The STS-38 crew consisted of (from left) Pilot Frank Culbertson, Mission Specialists Carl Meade, Bob Springer and Sam Gemar, and Commander Dick Covey. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A quarter-century ago, the world stood on the brink of outright conflict in the Middle East, following the August 1990 invasion of Kuwait by the […]