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'Moderately Complex': The Mission That 51L Should Have Been

Members of the 51L crew during training. From left are Ellison Onizuka, Ron McNair, Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Christa McAuliffe (seated on table), and backup crew member Barbara Morgan. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-eight years passed on Tuesday since one of the worst and most public disasters ever witnessed in the U.S. human […]

'Major Malfunction': The Final Launch of Challenger, 28 Years Ago Today

Challenger’s final crew, as they should be remembered: positive and brilliant individuals, happily striving to explore space and further humanity’s reach into the Universe. In the back row (left to right) are Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. In the front row (left to right) are Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and […]

PHOTOS: Atlas-V Lights Up Florida Space Coast to Deliver NASA's TDRS-L Satellite

The rotation of the Earth captured in the trails of the stars over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last Thursday night. NASA’s latest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-L, is seen here hitching a fiery ride to orbit atop an Atlas-V rocket, as viewed from the Turn Basin on Kennedy Space Center just a […]

Atlas V Lights Up Florida Night Sky With Rousing Launch of TDRS-L

Awe-inspiring perspective of Earth’s rotation, captured in the trail of stars over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during Thursday night’s launch of TDRS-L. Photo Credit: Mike Killian Photography/AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully accomplished the first of what it hopes will be a record-setting 15 missions for 2014, with the spectacular liftoff of […]

With Fair Skies Ahead, ULA Shoots for Thursday Launch of TDRS-L Satellite

Pictured in Astrotech’s payload processing facility on 3 January 2014, TDRS-L resembles an enormous insect and will form the 12th member of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite family. Photo Credit: Mike Killian Photography/AmericaSpace

With weather conditions at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station expected to be 80 percent favorable, United Launch Alliance (ULA) stands […]

TDRS-L and Atlas V Readied for 23 January Launch

Pictured in the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, 13 January, during rollout from Astrotech’s payload processing facility to SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the TDRS-L payload shroud is emblazoned with the mission logos. Photo Credit: Jacques van Oene/AmericaSpace

More than 30 years since its maiden launch, NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) […]

Mission 61C: The Original ‘Mission Impossible’ (Part 1)

Columbia swoops like a bird of prey into Edwards Air Force Base on 18 January 1986, just 10 days ahead of the Challenger tragedy. Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson would later refer to this mission as “The End of Innocence” … for after Challenger the shuttle program would never be the same again. Photo Credit: […]

With TDRS-L Arrival, NASA's Next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Begins Final Preparations for January Launch

Like an oversized insect, TDRS-L is visually quite distinct from its cousins of the shuttle-launched first generation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s 12th Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will shortly begin final processing at the Kennedy Space Center, following its delivery last week to Florida aboard a U.S. […]

'To Launch Americans Into Space': The Voyage of STS-26 (Part 2)

 

After 32 months of agony and introspection, the Kennedy Space Center was again rocked by the roar of shuttle main engines and Solid Rocket Boosters on the morning of 29 September 1988. It was the dawn of a new era. Photo Credit: NASA

Setting aside the enormity of the fact that STS-26 would […]

'Americans Return to Space': The Voyage of STS-26 (Part 1)

Twenty-five years have now passed since STS-26, the mission which laid the ghosts of Challenger to rest and opened the gates for a second Golden Age of shuttle operations. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years have now passed since the voice of launch commentator Hugh Harris exulted “Americans return to space” on the morning of […]