Buzz Aldrin Flies with the Thunderbirds over Kennedy Space Center

“Good to get back in the cockpit”, said Buzz Aldrin as he strapped into a Thunderbird F-16 for a flight over NASA’s Kennedy Space Center & nearby Cape Canaveral AFS. Photo Credit: Buzz Aldrin via Facebook

Florida’s Space Coast has been roaring to the sound of rockets and jets this past week; SpaceX successfully […]

Cape/KSC Spaceport Faces Fantastic 2016 with Especially Significant GPS Kickoff Feb. 5

Propelled by its three “cores,” the Falcon Heavy is expected to make its maiden voyage in fall 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

The planned Feb. 5 launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V carrying […]

Historic First Falcon-9 to Land from Space Transported to KSC 39A for Testing

The first SpaceX Falcon-9 first stage booster to launch payload to space and land back at Cape Canaveral is seen here arriving at the company’s Launch Complex 39A, the historic site of many of NASA’s Apollo and space shuttle missions. The booster will now undergo numerous tests at the launch site where SpaceX will […]

SpaceX Secures 20-Year Lease Agreement With NASA for Use of Historic Launch Complex 39A

SpaceX has finalized a lease agreement with NASA for use of launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the launch site for many historic missions such as the Apollo Saturn-V Moon missions and over 80 space shuttle launches. The company’s first launch off 39A will be atop their Falcon-Heavy rocket as soon […]

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 Wishes to Astronaut Story Musgrave

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Shuttle Royalty: Happy Birthday wishes going out to space shuttle astronaut extraordinaire Dr. Story Musgrave, who was born on this date in 1935. Story is shown here during a training exercise at the Kennedy Space Center in January 1983 while training for the STS-6 mission. Astronaut Karol […]

Retro Space Images: Preparing STS-41D

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Age of Discovery: The Sun sets at Pad 39A on August 29, 1984, as preparations continue for the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery the following morning. The first launch attempt for Discovery had ended with a pad abort at T-6 seconds on June 26, 1984.

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Northrop Grumman Kicks Off Apollo 11 Anniversary Weekend With BBQ at US Space Walk of Fame

Northrop Grumman hosted a barbecue luncheon for the men and women who worked on the Apollo Program. This and other events took place a day prior to the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

TITUSVILLE, Fla — Just one day before the 44th anniversary of the […]

Felt Rather Than Heard: The Historic Launch of Apollo 11 to the Moon

Humanity’s first piloted landing on the Moon was perhaps our species’ greatest triumph of the 20th century … or maybe of any century in history. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-four years ago this very day, the ground in Florida shook to 7.7 million pounds of thrust as the largest and most powerful rocket ever brought […]