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. […]

We Can Do This: Remembering Expedition 1, 20 Years On (Part 2)

@Space_Station marks 20 years of continuous human occupation today. AmericaSpace looks back at the long voyage of #Expedition1. […]

Let's Get This Done: Remembering Expedition 1, 20 Years On (Part 1)

20 years ago today, #Expedition1’s Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko & Sergei Krikalev launched to @Space_Station as its first permanent crew. […]

'Never So Much Time': Remembering STS-41 and Ulysses, 30 Years On

OTD in 1990, Space Shuttle Discovery launched @NASA & @ESA #Ulysses mission to explore the poles of the #Sun. After 30yrs, AmericaSpace looks back on this dramatic mission. […]

ISS At 20: Remembering STS-106, OTD in 2000

As @NASA marks 20 years of @Space_Station habitation, AmericaSpace looks back at STS-106, the mission which prepared the crew quarters for #Expedition1. […]

'Dying All Tensed-Up': 30 Years Since the Troubled Secret Mission of STS-27

Atlantis roars to orbit on the morning of 2 December 1988, 30 years ago today. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, at 9:30 a.m. EST on 2 December 1988, Atlantis rocketed into crystal-blue Florida skies to begin the second shuttle mission in the wake of the Challenger tragedy. Two months earlier, her sister […]

'A Clockwork Not of Earthly Pace': Celebrating the New Year in Space (Part 1)

Tonight, six spacefarers from three sovereign nations will observe the transition from 2016 into 2017 from the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station (ISS), it might have seemed obvious that New Year’s Day 2001 would carry a corresponding nautical tradition. […]

'Collateral Damage Toll': Celebrating Christmas Away from the Home Planet (Part 2)

Expedition 26 crew members Scott Kelly (top) Paolo Nespoli (left) and Catherine “Cady” Coleman bale out of their sleep stations in the Harmony node on Christmas morning in 2010 to celebrate the big day. Photo Credit: NASA

As we observe the traditional date of Christ’s birth, spare a thought for the five men […]

Fifteen Midnights: Celebrating the New Year in Space (Part 2)

The Expedition 46 crew will be the next group of humans to spend the New Year away from the Home Planet. From left are Scott Kelly, Sergei Volkov, Mikhail Kornienko, Tim Kopra, Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko. Photo Credit: NASA

In recent days, six pairs of eyes were glued to the windows of […]

'Good Luck to the Building': 15 Years Since STS-97 Powered-Up the Space Station (Part 2)

By the end of his third EVA on STS-97, Joe Tanner had accrued over 33 hours of spacewalking time, counting his prior experience servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

For more than a decade, we grew used to the sight of shuttles approaching to dock at the […]