Into the Black: NASA’s Secret Shuttle Missions – Part Five

Atlantis awaits her new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. While Atlantis will undoubtedly become the star attraction at the Visitor Complex – she was always have her secrets. STS-44 is the last of the "middle child" of NASA's shuttle fleet secret missions. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

Into the Black: NASA’s Secret Shuttle Missions – Part Three

Astonishing view of Atlantis' nocturnal launch on 28 February 1990, with the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Control Center in the foreground. Seconds after this photograph was taken, the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) were jettisoned and Atlantis performed a unique 'dog-leg' maneuver to achieve a 62-degree orbit…the highest ever attained in the shuttle […]