Intruders in a Foreign Land: 45 Years Since Apollo 16 Almost Didn't Land on the Moon (Part 2)

Apollo 16 Commander John Young salutes the American flag on the surface of the moon. Photo Credit: NASA/Charles Duke

Apollo 16 Commander John Young salutes the American flag on the surface of the moon. Photo Credit: NASA/Charles Duke

Forty-five years ago, this week, Apollo 16 landed late on the surface of the Moon…and a carefully choreographed flight plan was instantly thrown into disarray. As outlined in yesterday’s AmericaSpace history article, a problem had […]

Billy Rubin and Typhoid Mary: 45 Years Since Apollo 16 Almost Didn't Land on the Moon (Part 1)

Apollo 16 Commander John Young gazes across the rugged terrain during humanity’s fifth piloted lunar landing. Two days before this photograph was taken, the chances of Young and Charlie Duke landing on the Moon at all quite literally hung by a thread. Photo Credit: NASA

For anyone born within the last five decades, it […]

Soyuz MS-04 Launches, Begins 4.5-Month Space Station Increment

The Soyuz-FG booster delivers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer smoothly into orbit on Thursday, 20 April. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and U.S. astronaut Jack Fischer have launched safely into orbit aboard their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, bound for a 4.5-month occupancy of the International Space Station (ISS). The duo—who represent the smallest […]

'Godspeed, John Glenn': Cygnus Soars Atop Atlas-V on Voyage to Space Station

The OA-7 Cygnus ‘John Glenn’ taking flight atop a ULA Atlas-V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS at 11:11am EDT April 18, 2017, headed to the ISS with tons of fresh cargo, supplies and experiments. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Despite being the “barebones” member of the fleet, the pencil-like Atlas V 401 […]

U.S.-Russian Duo Set to Launch Thursday for Multi-Month Space Station Increment

Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (left) and “rookie” spacefarer Jack Fischer will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Soyuz MS-04 on Thursday, 20 April. Photo Credit: NASA

The smallest Soyuz crew in more than a decade will rocket towards the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, 20 April, heading for a shorter-than-normal increment […]

Adding Backbone to the Space Station: 15 Years Since STS-110 (Part 2)

The S-0 truss is maneuvered by Canadarm2 towards its installation position on the U.S. Destiny lab. Photo Credit: NASA

Jerry Ross was already a record-setter before ever launching on his final space mission, STS-110, aboard shuttle Atlantis, on 8 April 2002. For more than three years, he had been the United States’ most experienced […]

Adding Backbone to the Space Station: 15 Years Since STS-110 (Part 1)

Rex Walheim works on the installation of S-0 truss connections during EVA-1. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, on the morning of 8 April 2002, U.S. astronaut Jerry Ross—veteran of seven space missions and seven spacewalks—settled into orbit aboard shuttle Atlantis, having just launched from Earth more times than any other human being. Ross […]

Firing Up the Shuttle: 25 Years Since the Last Flight Readiness Firing (Part 2)

Each Flight Readiness Firing (FRF) presented the opportunity to extensively test the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) in as close to real-flight operations. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, on 6 April 1992, the roar of three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) echoed across the marshy landscape of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in […]

Firing Up the Shuttle: 25 Years Since the Last Flight Readiness Firing (Part 1)

Before each orbiter’s maiden voyage, the Space Shuttle Program completed a Flight Readiness Firing (FRF) of the three main engines. The last FRF, by Endeavour, occurred 25 years ago, this week. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus 31 seconds…Endeavour’s four redundant computers have primary control of critical vehicle functions for the remainder of the count…”

Twenty-five […]

'A Mirror-Image Flight': 20 Years Since Columbia's Landing-to-Launch Record (Part 2)

With the reprioritization of mission objectives, the around-the-clock Spacelab operations in the Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL-1) changed dramatically. The astronauts even worked by torchlight at times to maintain power levels below critical levels. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, Space Shuttle Columbia rocketed into orbit for what should have been an ambitious […]