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. […]

At its Best: Remembering Columbia's STS-32 Mission, OTD in 1990

OTD in 1990, Columbia launched STS-32, a mission which ticked off almost everything the shuttle could do: satellite deployment, retrieval, rendezvous & long-duration flight. And a highly classified birthday, too. […]

Bad Days: Remembering Shuttle Columbia's Brush With Disaster, 35 Years On

35yrs ago this week, as storm-clouds of foreboding gathered ahead of the Challenger tragedy, a crew of Columbia escaped disaster not one, but twice. […]

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. […]

Like Night Flying: Remembering STS-35, OTD in 1990

OTD in 1990 (after a summer of delays & with PLT Guy Gardner’s hair smoothly combed), #Columbia flew the long-delayed ASTRO-1 mission to study the Universe. […]

A Mission Cut Short: Remembering STS-44, OTD in 1991

OTD in 1991, the crew of #Atlantis became the last shuttle astronauts to land on a dry lakebed runway & with no family to welcome them home. […]

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. […]

Mostly Your Knees: Remembering STS-9, OTD in 1983

OTD in 1983, Columbia launched Spacelab-1, a precursor for today’s @Space_Station. And STS-9 CDR John Young’s knees were knocking all the way uphill. […]

Barn Burner: Remembering the Record-Setting Return of Atlantis, OTD in 1985

As America celebrates #Thanksgiving, @AmericaSpace looks back at the 1st shuttle crew to celebrate the holiday, OTD in 1985. […]

Stop the Clock: Remembering STS-51A, OTD in 1984

OTD in 1984, STS-51A launched on a dramatic satellite rescue mission. And for CDR Rick Hauck, their success was nothing short of an (ahem) “miracle”. […]