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'Quiet as a Crypt': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 1)

Close-up view of Discovery’s three main engines—still exhibiting evidence of scorching from their momentary ignition on 26 June 1984—in the wake of the shuttle program’s first RSLS abort. Photo Credit: NASA

Throughout its 30-year career—consciously or unconsciously—the space shuttle was acknowledged to be one of the most dangerous piloted space vehicles ever brought to [...]

'You and the Rest': Twenty Years Since NASA's Dramatic Hubble Repair Mission (Part 2)

Story Musgrave works at the end of Endeavour’s mechanical arm during activities to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago this week, the singular space shuttle mission which marked the demarcation between past and future took place. Since the resumption of flights in September 1988, following the horrific loss of [...]

'You and the Rest': Twenty Years Since NASA's Dramatic Hubble Repair Mission (Part 1)

Laden with tools and equipment, Jeff Hoffman waves from the end of the RMS arm during Hubble repair operations. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago this week, the singular space shuttle mission which marked the demarcation between past and future took place. Since the resumption of flights in September 1988, following the horrific loss [...]

'I Hope That Flight Works Out For You': 15 Years Since John Glenn's Return to Space

Fifteen years ago today, at age 77, John Glenn became the oldest person ever to venture into space. It is a record which still stands. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago today (29 October), John Glenn became the oldest human ever to venture beyond the thin veil of Earth and into space. He was [...]

Astronaut at the Edge: The Life and Legacy of Gordon Fullerton

Space shuttle astronaut Gordon Fullerton has passed away. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s passing of Gordon Fullerton, aged 76, was not unexpected, for he had suffered a debilitating stroke three years ago and his health had been particularly fragile in recent weeks. However, the loss of a man who had literally made aviation his life leaves an [...]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday Wishes to Astronaut Story Musgrave

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Shuttle Royalty: Happy Birthday wishes going out to space shuttle astronaut extraordinaire Dr. Story Musgrave, who was born on this date in 1935. Story is shown here during a training exercise at the Kennedy Space Center in January 1983 while training for the STS-6 mission. Astronaut Karol Bobko [...]

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 [...]

30 Years Since STS-6: The Mission of the 'Geritol Bunch' (Part 2)

It was Paul Weitz (seated left) who decided on the F-Troop moniker for his crew, whose number included (left to right) Don Peterson, Story Musgrave, and Karol “Bo” Bobko. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago this week, the youngest member of the United States’ shuttle fleet took to the skies on her maiden [...]

Expedition 34 Continues Thanksgiving Traditions in Orbit

Commander Kevin Ford introduces his televised audience to the fare which will be eaten by himself and Expedition 34 crewmates, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeni Tarelkin, on Thanksgiving Day. Ford expressed particular thanks to the ground control teams for keeping his crew safe and operational. Photo Credit: NASA

As millions of Americans tuck into their [...]