'What a Lucky Person I Am': 25 Years Since STS-43 (Part 2)

The TDRS-E spacecraft departs Atlantis' payload bay on 2 August 1991. STS-43 was the only occasion that a TDRS was deployed from Atlantis. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The STS-43 consisted of (from left) David Low, Shannon Lucid, Jim Adamson, John Blaha, and Mike Baker. Theirs was the fifth-longest shuttle mission in history at the time. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A quarter-century has now passed since five astronauts roared into orbit to complete the fifth-longest space shuttle mission at that […]

'Putting Your Thinking Hat On': 25 Years Since STS-43 (Part 1)

The STS-43 patch, emblazoned with the surnames of the five crew members. Image Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

 

Atlantis roars into the late morning Florida sky on 2 August 1991, 25 years ago this month. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Atlantis flew a mission which harked back to the past and set in place a cornerstone to enable the exploration of the future. […]

'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 […]

'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 […]

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. […]