Nice Round Number: Remembering the Arrival of Canadarm2, 20 Years On

OTD in 2001, the Big Arm was launched to @Space_Station, enabling a critical tool which for 20 years has helped build, maintain & restock the orbital outpost. […]

Ready for Space Station: Remembering STS-72, 25 Years On

25yr ago today, Endeavour’s 6-man STS-72 crew, led by @Astro_Duffy, proved they had the tools & talent to build a Space Station. […]

Stopping the Shuttle: Remembering the Drag Chute, 30 Years On

Until the very end of its life, NASA’s space shuttle fleet remained inherently dangerous. But 30yrs ago this month, work began to develop a technology which would make shuttle landings much safer. […]

The Bringer of Power: Remembering STS-97, OTD in 2000

As @NASA celebrates #SpaceStation20th anniversary, we look back on STS-97, the mission which turned @Space_Station from just another big spacecraft into one of the brightest objects in the sky. […]

Northrop Grumman Donates Flight-Proven SRBs to Endeavour Exhibit at CSC

@NorthropGrumman is donating a pair of flight-worthy Solid Rocket Boosters to the #Endeavour exhibit at @casciencecenter. […]

'Significant Tug': Remembering the Shuttle Drag Chute, 30 Years On

Thirty years ago this summer, NASA began flight-testing the shuttle’s drag chute system. It would go on to make each shuttle landing immeasurably safer. […]

‘What a Beautiful Universe’: Remembering STS-67’s Record-Setting Voyage, 25 Years On

The ASTRO-2 payload, pictured in Endeavour’s payload bay, during the STS-67 mission. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this month, STS-67 set a new record for the longest Space Shuttle mission, an accomplishment which would later be eclipsed by only two other flights in the program’s 30-year history. For more than two weeks in March 1995, three military […]

'Down-the-Throat Geology': Remembering the Fall and Rise of STS-68, 25 Years On (Part 2)

Spectacular “down-the-throat” perspective of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka eruption in Kamchatka, which occurred during the STS-68 mission, 25 years ago. Photo Credit: NASA 

Twenty-five years ago, tonight, six astronauts spent their last night on Earth ahead of a scheduled liftoff early the following morning on a complex mission to radar-map the Home Planet in unprecedented detail. The […]

'A Vision of Pure Beauty': Remembering STS-59, 25 Years On (Part 2)

Orbital sunrises and sunsets were among the most spectacular vistas on STS-59. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago this week, the crew of Endeavour on STS-59 demonstrated that the shuttle program was imbued with “Radar Love”, as they operated the first Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-1) to acquire unprecedented views of the Home Planet from […]

Patron Saint of Astronauts: Remembering STS-59, 25 Years On (Part 1)

The first Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-1) in Endeavour’s payload bay. Tom Jones flew both the first and second missions of the radar lab. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago this week, the crew of Endeavour on STS-59 demonstrated that the shuttle program was imbued with “Radar Love”, as they operated the first Space Radar […]