'Beautiful, Beautiful Moment': Ten Years Since Europe's Columbus Lab Arrived at Space Station

Spacewalker Rex Walheim works to outfit the exterior of Europe’s Columbus lab during STS-122, which launched ten years ago, this week. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Ten years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Atlantis sprang from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, to kickstart the final phase of […]

U.S.-Japanese Spacewalking Team Wraps Up Replacement of Canadarm2 'Hands'

Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Norishige Kanai spent five hours and 57 minutes outside the International Space Station (ISS) on U.S. EVA-48. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

The spectacular sight of the Sun rising from behind the limb of the Home Planet was closely mirrored by the “circle of the Sun” on the sleeve of an […]

Former Bomber Commander, Second European ISS Skipper and Cuban-American Flight Surgeon Prepare for June Launch to Space Station

The Soyuz MS-09 crew (from left) comprises Alexander Gerst of Germany, Sergei Prokopiev of Russia and U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Three spacefarers from three nations, including a former Russian Air Force strategic bomber pilot, the second European commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and a Cuban-American flight surgeon recently […]

Means and the Muscle: Where Does Falcon Heavy Stand Alongside the Heavylifters?

Last week’s launch of the maiden Falcon Heavy has opened a niche in the market for super-heavylift launch vehicles. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

“If you can hear me over the cheering,” intoned SpaceX’s John Insprucker in the seconds after 3:45 p.m. EST Tuesday, 6 February, “Falcon Heavy, heading to space on her test-flight. Building […]

A U.S.-Made Moon: 60 Years Since Explorer 1, Dawn of America's Space Program

William Pickering, James Van Allen and Wernher Von Braun hold a model of Explorer 1 aloft in triumph after the successful launch of a U.S. satellite into orbit on 31 January 1958. Photo Credit: NASA

On Wednesday evening, 31 January, a full 60 years passed since a Juno I booster roared into the night […]

Christa McAuliffe's Lessons Remembered, As Space Station 'Year of Education' Enters Second Half

Members of the 51L crew during training. From left are Ellison Onizuka, Ron McNair, Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Christa McAuliffe (seated on table) and backup crew member Barbara Morgan. Photo Credit: NASA

Just a few days shy of the 32nd anniversary of the loss of Challenger, NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold announced […]

'Quite a Feeling of Being Alone': 25 Years Since Endeavour's Vanilla-to-Chocolate STS-54 Mission

The base of the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), carrying the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, departs Endeavour on 13 January 1993. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, this week, the crew of STS-54 settled into orbit for one of the shortest shuttle missions of the decade, tasked with deploying the fifth […]

Rediscovering the Moon: 20 Years Since Lunar Prospector

Launched 20 years ago, Lunar Prospector returned significant data pertaining to the Moon’s gravity, internal composition, origins and water-ice content. Image Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft began an 18-month mission of discovery, revealing the Moon to potentially harbor vast water-ice reserves at its poles and offering tantalizing clues of a […]

'Not Of Earthly Pace': Celebrating the New Year in Space

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station (ISS), it might have seemed […]

Walking in the Void: 45 Years Since the Last Deep-Space EVA

Apollo 17 astronaut Ron Evans hauls the cylindrical film canister from the SIMbay mapping camera back to the safety of the command module, during humanity’s most recent deep-space EVA, 45 years ago, today. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, today, a fully-suited astronaut poked his helmeted head out of the side hatch of the […]