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Next Launch TMA-16M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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27 Mar 15 19:42:59 GMT
28 Mar 15 1:42:59 ALMT
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'As Long As It's Not a Hurricane': 20 Years Since the Record-Setting Mission of Norm Thagard (Part 2)

Norm Thagard and Bonnie Dunbar participate in Soyuz-TM training in October 1994. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, the first U.S. astronaut in history was launched in a non-U.S. spacecraft, from a non-U.S. nation, with a crew entirely composed of non-U.S. comrades. Four-time shuttle veteran Norm Thagard had spent more than a […]

'To Live Like Russians': 20 Years Since the Record-Setting Mission of Norm Thagard (Part 1)

Twenty years ago, this week, NASA astronaut Norm Thagard embarked on the United States’ first long-duration space station expedition in more than two decades. Photo Credit: NASA

Today, in 2015, it seems hard to imagine U.S. astronauts being totally unaccustomed to long-duration spaceflight. Over the past two decades, around 50 Americans—from civilian medical doctors […]

Mission to Unveil Earth's Twisted Sister: 25 Years Since STS-30 (Part 2)

Atlantis roars into orbit on her fourth mission to deploy NASA’s Magellan spacecraft on a 15-month voyage to Venus. Photo Credit: NASA, via SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago today, on 4 May 1989, Shuttle Atlantis thundered into orbit on a remarkable mission which would unveil the planet Venus—nicknamed Earth’s “twisted sister”—in a wholly new light. During […]

Retro Space Images: Ride, Sally Ride

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Flight Suit Attitude — Thirty years ago today, astronaut Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space. Ride was launched aboard Space Shuttle Challenger with astronauts Bob Crippen, Rick Hauck, John Fabian, and Norm Thagard.

 

Like what you see? Then check out: Retro Space Images

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Ride, Sally Ride: Thirty Years Since America's First Woman in Space (Part 2)

 

Sally Ride at work on Challenger’s flight deck during STS-7. Her mission opened the door for U.S. women to venture into orbit. Thirty years since her pioneering flight, her legacy is represented aboard the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg. Photo Credit: NASA

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the […]

Ride, Sally Ride: Thirty Years Since America's First Woman in Space (Part 1)

As an astronaut and as an ambassador for science and exploration, Sally Ride created a lasting impact on society. Photo Credit: NASA

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of America’s first woman into space. On 18 June 1983, physicist Dr. Sally Ride rocketed into orbit aboard Challenger and followed in the footsteps […]

Florida Space Day Closing Ceremonies Highlight Current State of Space Industry

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace with elements provided by Space Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Whenever NASA announces that a contract is open for bidding, the competition between aerospace firms can be fierce. However, these divisions fade on Florida Space Day, as teams consisting of representatives from United Launch Alliance work side-by-side […]

Voices: Interviews from Inside and Outside the Space Community on Florida Space Day

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace would be remiss if we did not show some of the other amazing interviews conducted during Florida Space Day. Therefore, we wanted to compile them here for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for a video of the reception that was held to close out […]

Interview with Florida Senator Thad Altman on Florida Space Day

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Florida Space Day had almost concluded when Florida Senator Thad Altman stopped by for a visit. Given that the Space Coast falls in Sen. Altman’s district, we had contacted him earlier in the day and were pleased when he stopped by to speak with us. […]

Interview with Astronaut Bob Crippen on Florida Space Day

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — It’s not every day that you get to sit down with a United States space flight legend—but that’s exactly the opportunity afforded to AmericaSpace, when the pilot of the very first space shuttle mission, Robert “Bob” Crippen, spoke with us about why he was helping […]