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Retro Space Images: Remembering a Lunar Drive

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Roving the Desert: Apollo 17 backup astronauts Charlie Duke and John Young are shown aboard a Lunar Rover mockup during a training session at Tonopah, Nev., in September 1972. Duke and Young had just recently returned from their own trip to the Moon aboard Apollo 16 a [...]

Retro Space Images: Artist in the House

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Special Guest in Mission Control: Apollo 15 Flight Director Dr. Chris Kraft is shown with renown space artist Robert McCall during a visit to the manned space flight nerve center. McCall was responsible for numerous space exploration-related U.S postage stamps, as well as many manned space flight mission [...]

Retro Space Images: Monitoring Apollo 15

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All Eyes on “Falcon”: This was the scene in Mission Control as the flight control team monitored the descent to the lunar surface by the Apollo 15 lunar module “Falcon.” Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin touched down safely on the Hadley-Appenine region of the Moon [...]

Spacewalkers Successfully Tackle Ammonia Leak at Space Station

Chris Cassidy (with red stripes) and Tom Marshburn work outside the International Space Station to track down and rectify an anomalous ammonia leak. Photo Credit: NASA

In what may go down in the record books as one of the shortest intervals between authorizing a spacewalk and executing it to perfection, Expedition 35 astronauts Chris [...]

From People on Wheels to People and Wheels on the Moon: The Automotive Lunar Explorers

Jim Irwin works with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Hadley, in July-August 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Chrysler, Delco, Ford, and General Motors are hardly the sort of names—at first glance—that might be associated with Project Apollo, the grandest and boldest adventure of exploration in human history. Since the dawn of the [...]

Spacewalkers Tackle Station Ammonia Leak With Aplomb…and Madonna

Pictured during an earlier excursion, Sunita Williams became the world’s most experienced female spacewalker at the end of US EVA-20. She now ranks fifth in the world, with more than 50 hours in seven EVAs and is surpassed only by Anatoli Solovyov, Mike Lopez-Alegria, Jerry Ross and John Grunsfeld. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 33 [...]

Space Lies, Damned Lies, & Statistics

Paint falling off of Falcon 9

In an article in the L.A. Times, A lot is riding on SpaceX rocket, it was reported,

“The average space shuttle flight costs about $1 billion, he said. Flights from SpaceX will run around $100 million.”

Let’s go through those numbers a bit.

According to the Augustine Committee’s [...]