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Inspiring a New Generation to Look at the Stars: 'Max Goes to the Space Station' and More Otherworldy Adventures on the ISS

The cover of Jeffrey Bennett’s recently published children’s book “Max Goes to the Space Station.” It will be read by the crew of Expedition 38 onboard the ISS as part of an educational outreach program called “Story Time from Space.” Image Credit: Jeffrey Bennett/Big Kid Science

“It is the birthright of every child, [...]

'Just Fix It': The Unlikely Mission of STS-60 (Part 2)

The STS-60 crew, commanded by Charlie Bolden, included the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard the shuttle, Sergei Krikalev. Clockwise from the top are Ken Reightler, Charlie Bolden, Ron Sega, Jan Davis, Franklin Chang-Diaz, and Sergei Krikalev. Photo Credit: NASA

By the summer of 1992, the Soviet Union had collapsed. A coup the previous August—only [...]

'This Can’t Be Real': The Unlikely Mission of STS-60 (Part 1)

Rising atop a column of golden fire, Discovery sets the Florida sky ablaze with the dawn of a new era of co-operation in space. Photo Credit: NASA

On 8 February 1994, the ABC television programme Good Morning America broadcast a live link-up between three Russians aboard the Mir space station—cosmonauts Viktor Afanasyev, Yuri Usachev, [...]

“It’ll Be A Miracle”: The Rescue of Palapa and Westar (Part 2)

Secured into the Manned Manoeuvring Unit (MMU), and with the stinger positioned ahead of him, Dale Gardner enters the shadow of Westar. Minutes after this photograph – one of the most spectacular of 1984 – was taken, Gardner announced success with the capture of 51A’s second satellite. Photo Credit: NASA

By the summer of [...]

International Year, International Mission: The Changing Fortunes of STS-42

STS-42 mission brochure, personally signed to me by Commander Ron Grabe. I received this brochure in January 1992 – only days before the mission was launched – and for a 15-year-old space enthusiast it was a priceless treasure. Image Credit: Ben Evans personal collection

One summer evening, early in August 1492 three ships – [...]

To Follow After Knowledge: STS-41 and the Odyssey of Ulysses

Pictured in its horizontal position in Discovery’s payload bay, the circular dish antenna and Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) of Ulysses are clearly visible in this image. Photo Credit: NASA

Human hands have stretched far into the cosmos during our half-century of exploring the final frontier. Men and women have circled hundreds of miles above [...]

PHOTO FEATURE: Smithsonian Welcomes Shuttle Discovery To The National Collection

Space shuttle Discovery on permanent public display as the centerpiece of the national collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

Space shuttle Discovery on permanent public display as the centerpiece of the national collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

Space shuttle Discovery, the most flown reusable manned spacecraft is history, is now a museum piece – put on permanent public display as the [...]

VIDEO FEATURE: Various Views Of Discovery's Final Departure From KSC

Discovery’s takeoff from KSC, as viewed from the midpoint on the east side of the runway.  Video Credit: Matthew Travis / ARESinstitute.org

Presented here are several clips of space shuttle Discovery’s final departure from Kennedy Space Center this past Tuesday, along with videos of Discovery readying for the ferry flight.  The orbiter took to [...]

Photo Feature: Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In Washington D.C.

Discovery arriving in Washington D.C. earlier today. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

Discovery arriving in Washington D.C. earlier today. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

Space shuttle Discovery arrived safely at Dulles International Airport late this morning after a 3 hour flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Thousands of spectators lined streets, roof tops, parks, and other establishments to welcome NASA’s fleet leading space shuttle as she [...]

Discovery Ready For Smithsonian, Interview With STS-133 Astronaut Nicole Stott

NASA astronaut Nicole Stott poses for a photo in front of space shuttle Discovery. Nicole flew as a mission specialist on Discovery last mission, STS-133, and will be at Kennedy Space Center to see the orbiter off on its final flight April 17th; a one-way trip from KSC to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

NASA astronaut Nicole Stott poses for a photo in front of space shuttle Discovery. Nicole flew as a mission specialist on Discovery's last mission, STS-133, and will be at Kennedy Space Center to see the orbiter off on its final flight April 17th; a one-way trip from KSC to the Smithsonian National Air and [...]