A Decade of Chumps: NASA's 2009 Astronaut Class Chalks Up Ten Years of Space Experience

“Chump” Kjell Lindgren gazes out of the multi-windowed cupola on the International Space Station (ISS), during his 4.5-month increment in July-December 2015. Lindgren is today backing up both the first and second piloted flights of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, this week, nine American men and women from the […]

Black History Month: Looking Back, Looking Forward at the Contributions of African-American Astronauts

Charlie Bolden, pictured at the commander’s station on STS-60 in February 1994. This flight, 25 years ago, saw the first joint U.S.-Russian participation in manned space exploration since the Apollo-Soyuz era. Bolden went on to become NASA’s first African-American administrator. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago, this month, an African-American astronaut commanded one […]

Former Bomber Commander, Second European ISS Skipper and Cuban-American Flight Surgeon Prepare for June Launch to Space Station

The Soyuz MS-09 crew (from left) comprises Alexander Gerst of Germany, Sergei Prokopiev of Russia and U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Three spacefarers from three nations, including a former Russian Air Force strategic bomber pilot, the second European commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and a Cuban-American flight surgeon […]