'Like a Big Ol' Freight Train': 45 Years Since the Launch of Apollo 17

Apollo 17 launches into the night at 12:33 a.m. EST on 7 December 1972. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Forty-five years ago, the combined spacecraft of Apollo 17—the Command and Service Module (CSM), named “America”, and the spider-like Lunar Module (LM), dubbed “Challenger”—slipped smoothly into lunar orbit. In doing so, it represented the […]

Expedition 55 Crew Primed for March 2018 Launch to Space Station

The Soyuz MS-08 crew, from left, consists of Oleg Artemyev, Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel. The trio will spend approximately 5.5 months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), launching in March 2018. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Three experienced spacefarers, including an ex-teacher, a former soldier in the Soviet Army and a veteran “Hubble Hugger”, […]

Final Deep Freeze Thermal Vacuum Testing Wraps Up on James Webb Space Telescope

The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Credit: NASA

Cryogenic thermal vacuum testing on NASA’s multi-billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has wrapped up at the agency’s […]

Paul Weitz, Skylab Savior and First Challenger Commander, Dies Aged 85

Paul Weitz, pictured at Skylab’s Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM), during his 28-day mission in May-June 1973. Photo Credit: NASA

Veteran astronaut Paul “P.J.” Weitz, who spacewalked to save America’s Skylab space station and later commanded shuttle Challenger on its maiden voyage, died yesterday (Monday, 23 October). He was 85. During a NASA career which […]

Three Spacefarers from Three Nations Prepare for Four-Month Mission to Space Station

Soyuz MS-07 crew consists of Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center), with Scott Tingle (right) as Flight Engineer-1 and Norishige Kanai (left) as Flight Engineer-2. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Three spacefarers from the United States, Russia and Japan gathered at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, yesterday (Wednesday, 11 October), to discuss their upcoming voyage […]

Record-Setting Marine Corps Spacewalker Leads Ambitious EVA-45 at Space Station

Randy Bresnik (with red stripes) and Mark Vande Hei totaled six hours and 26 minutes during Tuesday’s U.S. EVA-45. Photo Credit: NASA/Sergei Ryazansky/Twitter

The U.S. Marine Corps is celebrating a new service record today, after Expedition 53 Commander Randy “Komrade” Bresnik—a retired colonel—became the service’s most seasoned spacewalker. Having already become the first Marine […]

Whitson and Fischer Discuss Record-Setting Multi-Month ISS Increment

A week after returning from space, Jack Fischer has accrued 136 days in orbit from his first mission. Peggy Whitson, meanwhile, now stands as the world’s eighth most experienced spacefarer, with 665 days across her three missions. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

A week since their return from low-Earth orbit, Expedition 52 astronauts Peggy Whitson […]

'In a Real Flight Environment': 40 Years Since Enterprise Took the Space Shuttle to Altitude (Part 1)

Flying Enterprise for her test flights were (from left) Gordon Fullerton, Fred Haise, Joe Engle and Dick Truly. Photo Credit: NASA

Four decades ago, this summer, a shuttle (though not a “space” shuttle) took to the skies above Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to show the world what she could do. Outwardly, Orbiter Vehicle […]

‘Knight in Shining Armor': 10 Years Since STS-117 Changed the Face of the Space Station (Part 2)

John “Danny” Olivas is just barely visible at center-right, near the deploying Photovoltaic Radiator (PVR) on the S-3/S-4 truss during the first spacewalk of STS-117. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, this week, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on what would turn out to be the longest mission of her storied career, lasting almost 14 […]

Throwback to the Good Old Days: 25 Years Since the Dramatic Rescue Mission of STS-49 (Part 1)

With the possible exception of Columbia and the very first Space Shuttle mission, few orbiters had as dramatic and exciting a maiden voyage as Endeavour. On STS-49, she provided a reliable stage for the longest EVA in history and the first three-man EVA in history. Photo Credit: NASA

“Ready. Ready. Grab!”

The words of […]