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Orbital Sciences GO to Launch Next Space Station Resupply Mission July 11 After Engine Inspections Reveal No Issues

An Orbital Sciences Antares rocket launching on the company’s first contracted ISS resupply mission for NASA Jan. 16, 2014. Orbital’s next ISS resupply mission is now scheduled to fly NET July 11, 2014. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences Corp. today officially scheduled July 11 for the next launch of [...]

All the King's Horses: The Final Mission to Skylab (Part 1)

Boosted aloft atop a Saturn IB rocket, and utilizing a special “milk stool” to raise its umbilical connections to the proper levels on the Pad 39B gantry, the third and final Skylab crew takes flight on 16 November 1973. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago, on 14 May 1973, the United States launched its [...]

Four-Time Russian Cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov Dies at Age 69

Aleksandr Serebrov (center), flanked by Vasili Tsibliyev (left) and Jean-Pierre Haigneré, during Soyuz TM-17 training. It was Serebrov’s fourth and final space mission. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov—a veteran of four space missions to two different space stations and the 26th most experienced spacefarer of all time—has died at age 69. [...]

A Watery Yarn: The Unlucky Voyage of Soyuz 23 (Part 1)

Artist’s impression of the flashing beacon atop the Soyuz 23 descent module attracting the attention of a rescue helicopter. The spacecraft performed the Soviet Union’s first (unintended) water splashdown in the icy Lake Tengiz. Image Credit: Joachim Becker / SpaceFacts.de

Scattered across the globe, from Australia to Iceland and Kamchatka to Chile, are almost [...]

'Creeping and Unpleasant': The Near-Space Experience of Soyuz 18A

In April 1975, cosmonauts Oleg Makarov (left) and Vasili Lazarev endured one of the most harrowing missions in the annals of human space exploration. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker / SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago, Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennadi Strekalov came within a whisker of death when their booster exploded on the Baikonur launch [...]

Elysium Space: You Too Can Go to the Final Frontier, But Not Like in the Movie

For only $1,190, you too can be sent into space after you die. Image Credit: Elysium Space

The new science fiction film Elysium offers a unique twist on an old theme—rich vs. poor—as a possible future for humanity. In 2154, the wealthy live on a luxurious space station called Elysium, while the poor (everyone [...]

A Sick Crew and A Sick Ship: The Trials of Skylab 3 (Part 4)

Skylab 3 and astronauts Al Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma returned safely to Earth on 25 September 1973, after 59 days in orbit. Yet for the first quarter of their mission, the exact duration of their flight remained open to question. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago this summer, America’s first space station—Skylab—was [...]

'Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come': Reflections on Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation remembered the United States’ first space station—Skylab. Photo Credit: NASA

In an episode of Mad Men entitled “The Wheel,” the show’s protagonist, Don Draper, intoned while pitching an ad campaign for a Kodak Carousel slide projector, “Nostalgia—it’s delicate, but potent … Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from [...]

Retro Space Images: Skylab Awaits

Photo Credit: Tom and Mark Usciak / Retro Space Images

Fueled and Ready: The Saturn 1B for Skylab 3 stands at Pad 39B late in the evening of July 27, 1973, ready to launch astronauts Alan Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma the next morning on the second manned mission to Skylab.

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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to Celebrate Skylab's 40th Anniversary

Skylab, as seen by its second crew in 1973. America’s first space station celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and will be honored at an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation gala this month. Photo Credit: NASA

On Saturday, July 27, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) will host a gala benefit in honor of Skylab, America’s first [...]