Gentlemen's Hours: Remembering STS-48, Thirty Years On

Thirty years ago today, shuttle Discovery & her STS-48 crew launched at sunset with a major payload to investigate the workings of Earth’s atmosphere. […]

'Out on Parole': Remembering STS-29, OTD in 1989

OTD in 1989, the astronauts of shuttle Discovery launched, deployed a communications satellite & received a rather unexpected wakeup call. […]

The Sun Kept Rising: Remembering Columbia's Unflown Mission, 35 Years On

OTD in 1986, shuttle Columbia might have launched into the night on a mission to survey Halley’s Comet. Tragically, the loss of Challenger a few weeks earlier changed all that. […]

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. […]

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. […]

Remembering the Shuttle Night Landings (Part 2)

37 years after STS-8, AmericaSpace looks back at some of the highs & lows of landing the Space Shuttle at night. […]

Remembering the First Shuttle Night Landing, OTD in 1983 (Part 1)

OTD in 1983, #Challenger landed at night after STS-8. It was the first of 26 shuttle night landings. […]

'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. […]

Of Frogs and Princes: Remembering Shuttle Mission 51G, OTD in 1985

Thirty-five years ago, today, Discovery launched on an international, multi-faceted mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago today, on 17 June 1985, a spacecraft roared aloft with a crew representing the largest number of nations ever flown into space and carrying the largest load of satellites ever put into space at that time by […]

Dream Chaser Flies Long-Awaited Second Free-Flight Test

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

The engineering test article for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ flew its long-awaited second free flight test this weekend (Nov 11, 2017) over NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards […]