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21 Oct 14 2:29:00 GMT
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NASA's Comet-Chasing Deep Impact Mission Is No More

An artist’s concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft flying past a comet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/UMD/Pat Rawlings

Nine years ago NASA launched a spacecraft to do something that had never been done at any point in recorded history: to visit a comet and punch a hole in its face to investigate the surface and interior composition [...]

Retro Space Images: VAB Ascends

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

VAB Rising — At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Vehicle Assembly Building undergoes construction. This photograph was taken in July 1965.

 

Like what you see? Want to pick up a comprehensive collection of iconic NASA imagery? Then check out: Retro Space Images

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Three Space Shuttle Veterans Inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame

Numerous members of the Astronaut Hall of Fame welcomed Bonnie Dunbar, Curt Brown, and Eileen Collins into their ranks today at a ceremony held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Three space shuttle veterans, including the first woman to command a [...]

ESC Empowers Part 2: It's Electric—Lightning Protection at Launch Complex 39B

This feature uses sections of NASA video segments.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In this second installment of our series detailing the efforts of the men and women of the Engineering Services Contract, or ESC, we will detail the efforts conducted to renovate and safeguard the historic Launch Complex-39B (LC-39B) for future [...]

Atlantis Photo Feature Part Seven: Wired4Space

Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – After the space shuttle era drew to a close, AmericaSpace reached out to a number of smaller media outlets so that we could pool our resources and better survive the transitional period. One of the first that we reached out to was Wired4Space. The team at [...]

Weather Postpones Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight

 

NASA Fire Department passes Endeavour. Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studios / Julian Leek

WASHINGTON — NASA’s planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, Sept. 17.

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18-Mile High Skydive Paves Way For Record Setting Jump This Fall

Felix Baumgartner ready to board his custom pressurized capsule, setting the stage for an 18 mile high jump in the skies above Roswell, NM on July 25, 2012. Photo Credit: Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Felix Baumgartner ready to board his custom pressurized capsule, setting the stage for an 18 mile high jump in the skies above Roswell, NM on July 25, 2012. Photo Credit: Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Last March, 43-year old Austrian daredevil BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner made headlines when he skydived from an altitude of just [...]

Photo Feature: Shuttle Endeavour Brought Back To Life, Briefly

Endeavour's flight deck, powered up as it would look to astronauts on their missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Endeavour's flight deck, powered up as it would look to astronauts on their missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Recently, Americaspace photographer Julian Leek was given the opportunity to visit space shuttle Endeavour’s flight deck while the orbiter was powered up, bringing OV-105 back to life and giving us a glimpse of [...]

History of Shuttle Program Video Highlights Why Shuttle “Rocked”

 

Video Courtesy of Suresh Atapattu 

For those of us that followed or worked on the space shuttle program, the fleet of flying gliders will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We will miss seeing Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour riding pillars of flame to orbit, hearing the twin sonic booms that heralded [...]