'Really a Smoothie': Remembering Gemini VIII, OTD in 1966 (Part 1)

OTD in 1966, future Moonwalkers Neil Armstrong & Dave Scott almost lost their lives. Today & tomorrow, @AmericaSpace remembers the ill-fated voyage of Gemini VIII. […]

'The Slightest Glitch': Remembering The Fire, OTD in 1967

OTD in 1967, #Apollo1 astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Ed White & Roger Chaffee were lost when a flash fire swept through their spacecraft. On this day, AmericaSpace & the world remembers their ultimate sacrifice. […]

Fire in the Hole: Remembering Apollo 5, OTD in 1968

Fifty-three years ago today, Apollo 5 marked the 1st unmanned test of the Lunar Module (LM), a ship which would go on to land the first men on the Moon. […]

Clickety-Clack: Remembering the Misfortune of Gemini VI, OTD in 1965

OTD in 1965, #GeminiVI crewmen Wally Schirra & Tom Stafford were ready for the first rendezvous in space. But their rendezvous target had other ideas. […]

'As It Really Was': Remembering Apollo 7, OTD in 1968

OTD in 1968, #Apollo7 astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele & Walt Cunningham took the first step in America’s journey to land a man on the #Moon. […]

'You Ready, Rookie?' Remembering Gemini V, OTD in 1965

55 years ago, #GeminiV launched astronauts Gordon Cooper & Pete Conrad on America’s longest manned spaceflight at that time. […]

Riding the 'Big Maumoo': 50 Years Since Apollo 7 Brought America's Lunar Goal Closer (Part 1)

Build-up of the Saturn IB gets underway at Pad 34 in April 1968, ahead of Apollo 7, the giant rocket’s first mission with a human crew. Photo Credit: NASA

Five decades ago, a gigantic rocket—nicknamed “the big maumoo” by Apollo 7 Commander Wally Schirra—stood primed on Pad 34 at Cape Kennedy, ready to […]

'Without Breaking the Shell': 50 Years Since the Saturn V's Maiden Launch

At the stroke of 7 a.m. EST on 9 November 1967, the first Saturn V took flight. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus-25…,” came the calm, measured tones of the launch announcer in the pre-dawn darkness of Thursday, 9 November 1967. “Stages reporting Ready for Launch…”

Fifty years ago, the largest and most powerful rocket […]

Around the Moon for Eighty Days: Remembering the Half-Century Anniversary of Lunar Orbiter-1

The grainy significance of this image, acquired by Lunar Orbiter-1 on 23 August 1966, is that it is the very first view of Earth, as seen from lunar distance. At the time, the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit around the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

For countless millennia, the Moon has captivated the […]

'Eight Days in a Garbage Can': 50 Years Since Gemini V (Part 1)

Illustrating the cramped nature of their eight-day home, astronauts Pete Conrad (background) and Gordo Cooper are in jubilant spirits ahead of their 21 August 1965 launch. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad experienced “the longest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.” Gemini V was […]