'The Right Man': Remembering Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 Mission (Part 2)

Faith 7 descends to a splashdown on 16 May 1963, after Project Mercury’s longest mission of 34 hours. Photo Credit: NASA

Early on 14 May 1963, a hotshot pilot lay on his back in a tiny capsule, atop a converted ballistic missile, and steeled himself to be blasted into space. On Project Mercury’s final […]

'How About Now?' Remembering Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 Mission (Part 1)

Gordon Cooper is extracted from the Faith 7 capsule, on the deck of the USS Kearsarge on 16 May 1963. The astronaut’s 34-hour, 22-orbit mission proved as colorful as Cooper himself. Photo Credit: NASA

More than a half-century ago, on 15 May 1963, America launched astronaut Gordon Cooper on its longest manned space mission […]

Wally, Walt, and Whatshisname: The Three Heroes Who Set Apollo's Course for the Moon

Commander Wally Schirra (center) and crewmates Donn Eisele (left) and Walt Cunningham restored America’s confidence in the Apollo spacecraft and enabled NASA to put its bold plan for a voyage to lunar orbit in motion. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago today, on 22 October 1968, the future began. With the successful return of […]

A Man Who Inspired: The Life and Legend of Scott Carpenter (1925-2013)

Chrysler artist Cece Bibby chats with Scott Carpenter, after stencilling the name “Aurora 7” onto his spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s tragic passing of Scott Carpenter—one of America’s “Original Seven” Mercury astronauts and the nation’s second man to orbit Earth—following a recent stroke has deprived the world of yet another pioneer from the early […]

Retro Space Images: Looking Down from Gemini 5

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Room with a View: Fantastic view of the Yucatan and British Honduras as photographed by astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad during the eight-day mission of Gemini 5 in August 1965. The Gemini Program produced a large number of wonderful views of Earth during the 1965-1966 time […]

Retro Space Images: Remembering Gemini 5

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Ready to Go: Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad were launched from Launch Complex 19 aboard Gemini 5 on this date in 1965. The astronauts spent eight cozy days in their spacecraft while completing the third manned mission in the Gemini Program. Cooper was one of the […]

Retro Space Images: Launch Complex 19

Photo Credit: J.L. Pickering

In Better Days: Photo taken in November 1983 showing a late afternoon view of Complex 19 at Cape Canaveral. The blockhouse and erector made famous in the Gemini Program are clearly visible in this photo. Anyone who has visited the pad in recent years will see that time […]

'The Right Man': A Restoration of Faith (Part 2)

Atop a converted Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile, America launches its fourth man into orbit on 15 May 1963. Gordon Cooper’s 34-hour, 22-orbit voyage aboard Faith 7 would be NASA’s most challenging space mission to date. Photo Credit: NASA

Early on 14 May 1963, a hotshot pilot lay on his back in a tiny capsule, […]

'How About Now?' The Faith in Gordon Cooper (Part 1)

Fifty years ago, on 15 May 1963, America launched astronaut Gordon Cooper on its longest manned space mission to date. In doing so, NASA began to take strides toward meeting President John Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. The humiliation of Yuri Gagarin’s orbital flight […]

NASA 'Space Planner' Brainerd Holmes Dies

Brainerd Holmes (far left) was one of the men directly responsible for sending men to the Moon on project Apollo. Holmes passed away last week—he was 91. Photo Credit: NASA / MSFC

In spite of a relatively short career within NASA’s senior leadership, D. Brainerd Holmes—who died on Friday, aged 91, from complications of […]