Challenger's Final Voyage: A Mission That Never Was

As @NASA & America remembers their fallen space heroes this week, AmericaSpace looks back at what Challenger’s STS-51L voyage might have looked like: an ambitious mission tragically cut short. […]

'Go At Throttle Up': Remembering Challenger's Final Flight, OTD in 1986

OTD in 1986, shuttle Challenger & her STS-51L crew were lost shortly after liftoff. Today, @AmericaSpace & the world remembers their ultimate sacrifice. […]

You Mean the City? Remembering Challenger's Last Successful Launch, OTD in 1985

OTD in 1985, shuttle #Challenger launched successfully for the last time & completed a week-long research flight for what was then West Germany. […]

Remembering the Shuttle Night Landings (Part 2)

37 years after STS-8, AmericaSpace looks back at some of the highs & lows of landing the Space Shuttle at night. […]

Remembering the First Shuttle Night Landing, OTD in 1983 (Part 1)

OTD in 1983, #Challenger landed at night after STS-8. It was the first of 26 shuttle night landings. […]

'I Didn't Touch a Thing': Remembering Challenger's Pad Abort, OTD in 1985

OTD in 1985, the crew of Challenger suffered a close-call on the launch pad: a shutdown of the shuttle’s main engines, seconds before liftoff. […]

Remembering Challenger's Lost Innocence, OTD in 1986

A poignant image of a fragment from Challenger’s shattered body, bearing the fallen craft’s name. Photo Credit: NASA

For those of us of a certain age, there can be few more horrific images imprinted upon our long-term memories than the sight of shuttle Challenger exploding in the sky above Cape Canaveral on 28 January […]

'Major Malfunction': Remembering the Sacrifice of the Challenger Seven

Flocks of terrified birds fly away in the face of Challenger’s roaring ascent from Pad 39B at 11:38 a.m. EST on 28 January 1986. Photo Credit: NASA

On this day in 1986, the sight of shuttle Challenger exploding in the skies above Cape Canaveral painted an indelible mark on the public psyche and […]

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, […]

Missed Warnings: The Fatal Flaws Which Doomed Challenger 32 Years Ago (Part 2)

This photograph of the space shuttle Challenger accident Jan. 28, 1986 was taken by a 70mm tracking camera at UCS 15 south of Pad 39B, at 11:39:19.261 EST. Photo credit: NASA

At 11:39 a.m. EST on 28 January 1986, the unthinkable happened, when shuttle Challenger was lost, a mere 73 seconds after liftoff. […]