'A Wonderful Moment For Us All': 10 Years Since Discovery Came Safely Home to Earth (Part 2)

Discovery touches down at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on 9 August 2005. Ten years ago, today, STS-114 marked the Return to Flight (RTF) of the shuttle fleet after the Columbia tragedy and opened the door for the completion of the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, today, Space Shuttle […]

'Return to Flight, Not Rush to Flight': 10 Years Since Discovery Came Safely Home to Earth (Part 1)

Discovery sits on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on 9 August 2005, after completing STS-114, the first post-Columbia shuttle mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years have now passed since the first space shuttle streaked safely back to Earth on 9 August 2005, in the aftermath of the Columbia disaster. The crew of […]

Top Ten US EVA Missions of All Time: No. 5—'Just Building a Space Station'

Jim Newman waves to Jerry Ross’ camera whilst working outside the Unity node on STS-88. Photo Credit: NASA

For over 16 years, a bright star has nightly graced Earth’s skies, easily visible to the naked eye, serving to pique our curiosity and inspire our minds. Now, in 2015, the International Space Station (ISS) is […]

'Not By a Single Centimeter': 20 Years Since STS-63 (Part 1)

Valeri Polyakov, pictured at Mir’s windows during the STS-63 shuttle rendezvous mission in February 1995, is the incumbent record-holder for the longest single spaceflight. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty years ago, next week, in February 1995, the crew of Shuttle Discovery roared into the night on a mission which featured the first […]

'For the Long Haul': NASA and International Partners Ready for Record-Setting 2015 Aboard Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-16M crew, scheduled to launch on 27 March 2015, includes Gennadi Padalka (center), who will become the world space endurance record-holder by the end of his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Flanking him are the two year-long crew members, Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko, who will catapult themselves […]

'Fifteen Midnights': Celebrating the New Year in Space (Part 1)

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates, Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev, juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station, it might have seemed obvious […]

Ding-Dong Merrily On-Orbit: Celebrating Yuletide in Space (Part 2)

Since December 2000, a multi-national mix of Americans and Russians, Japanese and Italians, a Dutchman and a Canadian have celebrated Christmas aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

As we celebrate the festive period over the coming days, spare a thought for the four men and two women from three discrete nations who are […]

Cosmonaut Quits After Finding Something “More Interesting” To Do

Russian Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov has quit his position in order to do something “more interesting.” Photo Credit: NASA

According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov has submitted his resignation on September 5. According Sergei Krikalev ,  administrator of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Lonchakov has found a “more interesting job.”


Astronaut Mike Foale: A Legend for Britain and the US Leaves NASA

Mike Foale works on the Hubble Space Telescope during the STS-103 servicing mission in December 1999. This was the first and only shuttle flight to remain in orbit over Christmas. Photo Credit: NASA

Last week’s announcement by NASA of the retirement of astronaut Mike Foale leaves just one representative—Tim Peake—on active status to carry […]

'No Experience Necessary': The Story of Project Juno (Part 2)

Helen Sharman’s Sokol launch and entry suit, today housed at the National Space Centre in Leicester, United Kingdom. Photo Credit: Alan Saunders

Aside from issues of politics and finance—discussed in yesterday’s article—the choice of Helen Sharman as the first Briton in space came on 19 February 1991, when Air Vice Marshal Peter Howard—former commandant […]