Retro Space Images: John Glenn Aboard Freedom 7

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Back-Up Pilot: Project Mercury astronaut John Glenn is shown in the cockpit of the MR-3 (Freedom 7) spacecraft at Launch Complex 5 in April 1961. Glenn was serving as back-up pilot to fellow astronaut Alan Shepard. The following month, on May 5, 1961, Shepard would become the […]

Retro Space Images: Astronaut Tom Stafford and Snoopy

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Nose to Nose: Apollo 10 mission commander Thomas Stafford has a friendly encounter with the well-known beagle “Snoopy.” The famous hound from “Peanuts” cartoon fame served watch over NASA’s Manned Flight Awareness Program and also was honored by the Apollo 10 crew who named their Lunar Module […]

Retro Space Images: Getting Ready for Apollo 13 Launch

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All Smiles to Start With: Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise is relaxed and ready as he and fellow astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert prepare for launch on April 11, 1970, from the Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A. The planned third U.S. manned landing on […]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 16 at Pad 39A

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Launch Preparations: The lower portion of the Saturn V for the Apollo 16 mission is shown at Launch Complex 39A in late December 1971. The launch vehicle had originally been rolled to the pad on Dec. 13, 1971. Technical issues with the Command Module forced NASA […]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday to Astronaut Bob Crippen!

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Light the Candles: Happy Birthday wishes going out to space shuttle veteran and former Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Crippen, who was born in 1937. The four-time space shuttle astronaut was pilot aboard the first shuttle mission in 1981, and then commanded STS-7, STS-41-C, and STS-41G. Photo […]

Retro Space Images: Preparing Juno II for Launch

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Retro Cape: Launch team members pause long enough to pose for this photo at Complex 5 while preparing a Juno II for launch in December 1958 from Cape Canaveral. The Juno II was a derivative of the Jupiter rocket and was used in the late 1950s and […]

Retro Space Images: Let the Inspections Begin

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Work is Done: Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center begin inspecting one of the solid rocket boosters that launched STS-8 and Space Shuttle Challenger into orbit on Aug. 30, 1983, from Launch Pad 39A. The two spent boosters were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean soon after […]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 11 is Main Attraction

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Tour Highlight: A large group of Kennedy Space Center summer interns are given a special tour of KSC on June 18, 1969. An obvious highlight was this stop at Launch Pad 39A, where the Saturn V for the Apollo 11 mission was being prepared for the historic […]

Retro Space Images: Remembering a Lunar Drive

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Roving the Desert: Apollo 17 backup astronauts Charlie Duke and John Young are shown aboard a Lunar Rover mockup during a training session at Tonopah, Nev., in September 1972. Duke and Young had just recently returned from their own trip to the Moon aboard Apollo 16 […]

Retro Space Images: Looking Down from Gemini 5

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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 […]