Ride, Sally Ride: 35 Years Since America's First Woman in Space

Sally Ride on Challenger’s flight deck during STS-7. Her mission opened the door for U.S. women to venture into orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago, this week, America launched its first woman into space. Physicist Dr. Sally Ride rocketed into orbit aboard shuttle Challenger—accompanied by fellow STS-7 astronauts Bob Crippen, Rick Hauck, John […]

'Why I Wasn't Devastated': Remembering the Final Shuttle-Mir Mission, 20 Years On

STS-91 marked the ninth and final docking mission between the shuttle and Russia’s Mir space station. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, shuttle Discovery pulled away from Russia’s Mir space station for the final time, closing out a group of impressive rendezvous and docking missions which had cemented a new partnership between […]

Don Peterson, First Shuttle Spacewalker, Dies Aged 84

 

Don Peterson (right) eats and confers with Commander Paul “P.J.” Weitz during STS-6. Weitz died last year. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Veteran astronaut Don Peterson, who flew aboard STS-6, the maiden voyage of orbiter Challenger, performed the first-ever spacewalk from the shuttle airlock and might—had the hands of fate turned differently—have […]

In Honor of Chandra: 20 Years Since the Naming of NASA's Wild-Orbiting X-Ray Observatory

Backdropped by the stunning vista of Earth, the Chandra X-ray Observatory departs Columbia to begin its voyage of exploration. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, NASA opened a worldwide contest to name its third Great Observatory, devoted to X-ray studies of the Universe. Previously known as the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), […]

'Even Better at Night': 25 Years Since the Artificial Sunrise of STS-56

Twenty-five years ago, after one false start, Discovery roared into space to begin a mission of exploration for the Home Planet. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, tonight, in the seconds leading up to 1:29 a.m. EDT on 8 April 1993, all eyes were on the three dark bells of Discovery’s […]

'All You See Are Red Lights': 25 Years Since Columbia's Dramatic Aborted Launch Attempt

Columbia’s engines flare to life on 22 March 1993, a quarter-century ago, this week, in the third Redundant Set Launch Sequencer (RSLS) abort of the shuttle program. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, in March 1993, shuttle Columbia stood ready on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, awaiting liftoff on […]

Soyuz MS-08 Crew Begins Two-Day Flight to Space Station; EVA Scheduled for Month's End

The Soyuz MS-08 crew, clad in their Sokol (“Falcon”) launch and entry suits. From left to right are Ricky Arnold, Oleg Artemyev and Drew Feustel. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three new crew members, boasting a combined total of seven months of spaceflight experience and nearly three full days of spacewalking time between […]

Astronauts Feustel and Arnold to Kick Off 5.5-Month ISS Expedition With 29 March Spacewalk

Veteran spacewalker Drew Feustel will serve as EV1 on the 29 March spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a week after their scheduled 23 March arrival at the International Space Station (ISS), Expedition 55/56 astronauts Drew Feustel (EV1) and Ricky Arnold (EV2) will participate in a 6.5-hour Extravehicular […]

'To Fly the First One': 40 Years Since the First Space Shuttle Crews

In March 1978, a “pool” of crew members were announced for the first four Orbital Flight Tests (OFTs) of the shuttle. At their initial press conference (from left) are Gordon Fullerton, Vance Brand, Jack Lousma, Fred Haise, Richard Truly, Joe Engle, Robert Crippen and John Young. Photo Credit: NASA

In the coming months, the […]

‘Trying to Do Her Job’: 20 Years Since the First Female Shuttle Commander Was Assigned

Eileen Collins was the first woman to make the cut as a Space Shuttle pilot and eventually the first female to command a crew of astronauts into orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, First Lady Hillary Clinton—flanked by President Bill Clinton to her left and NASA Administrator Dan Goldin to her […]