Flying Free With Meade and Lee: Remembering STS-64's Untethered Spacewalk, OTD in 1994

Astronaut Carl Meade flies freely from Discovery’s payload bay, during his spacewalk with Mark Lee, on this day in 1994. Photo Credit: NASA

One hundred and twenty-three times before 16 September 1994, astronauts and cosmonauts had clambered outside their space ships and maneuvered themselves around in the harsh, unforgiving vacuum of space. They had […]

'Godspeed Delta II', Historic Workhorse Rocket Delivers ICESat-2 to Orbit On 155th And Final Mission

The final United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket launch with the NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The ICESat-2 mission will measure the changing height of Earth’s ice. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

Saturday proved bittersweet for United Launch […]

Workhorse Delta II Stands Ready at Vandenberg for Final Launch on Saturday

The Delta II has a long and chequered history, extending back almost three decades. Its final launch is slated for this weekend from Vandenberg AFB with NASA’s ICESAT 2. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

If all goes well in the small hours of Saturday, 15 September, the workhorse Delta II—a rocket already used […]

'Luxurious' Launch: Remembering the Pre-Sunset Flight of Discovery STS-64, A Quarter-Century Ago

Discovery springs away from Pad 39B at the cusp of evening, 24 years ago. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost a quarter-century ago, today, on 9 September 1994, Commander Dick Richards awoke for the most “luxurious” launch morning of his career. Having previously experienced early-hours rides into space on his three previous shuttle missions, Richards had […]

'An Evolving Process': Remembering the Shuttle's First Landing in Darkness, 35 Years Ago

Challenger alights on concrete Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in the small hours of 5 September 1983. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Characterized by NASA as “any landing which occurs no later than 15 minutes before sunrise”, nighttime landings were among the most dramatic events in the 30-year span of […]

'Hard to Recapture the Mood': Remembering Project Viking, First Fully Successful Mars Landing Mission (Part 2)

Image of the Martian surface from Viking 2. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Heading into the homestretch of the 21st century’s second decade, we have grown accustomed to a steady output of scientific data and imagery from our robotic emissaries in orbit and upon the surface of Mars. Spacecraft from the United States, Russia, Europe and […]

'Second-Class Endeavor': Remembering Project Viking, First Fully Successful Mars Landing Mission (Part 1)

Panoramic view of the terrain in Chryse Planitia at the Viking 1 landing site. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Heading into the homestretch of the 21st century’s second decade, we have grown accustomed to a steady output of scientific data and imagery from our robotic emissaries in orbit and upon the surface of Mars. Spacecraft from […]

'Safing In Work': Remembering Discovery's Almost-Liftoff, On This Day a Quarter-Century Ago

After a month-long wait for launch, following a harrowing pad abort on 12 August 1993, STS-51 thunders into space on 12 September. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus 30 seconds…”

The words of launch commentator George Diller at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 9:12 a.m. EDT on 12 August 1993—a quarter-century ago, this […]

'Kind of Unique': Remembering Apollo's Deep-Space EVAs

Al Worden clambers across the exterior of Apollo 15’s service module during the first deep-space Extravehicular Activity (EVA), on this day in 1971. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

On this day in 1971, a fully-suited astronaut poked his helmeted head out of the side hatch of the Command and Service Module (CSM), named […]

NASA Assigns First Crews For Boeing Starliner & SpaceX Crew Dragon Flights

NASA introduced to the world on Aug. 3, 2018, the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011. The agency assigned nine astronauts […]