A Flight of Changes: 20 Years Since the Record-Setting Mission of STS-80 (Part 2)

Upon touchdown on 7 December 1996, Columbia and her STS-80 crew set an empirical record for the longest single mission of the Space Shuttle Program. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

When the crew of STS-80—launched 20 years ago, this week—were assigned to their mission in January 1996, theirs was expected to be […]

Three-Spacecraft Ballet: 20 Years Since the Record-Setting Mission of STS-80 (Part 1)

Columbia roars to orbit on 19 November 1996, 20 years ago, today. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty years ago, today, on 19 November 1996, the longest space shuttle mission in history got underway with the spectacular liftoff of Columbia from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. During […]

'Exploring Space as a Planet': 15 Years Since STS-100 Shook Hands at the Space Station (Part 2)

The multi-national STS-100 crew comprised, in orange suits, from left, Yuri Lonchakov, Kent Rominger, Umberto Guidoni, Jeff Ashby, and John Phillips, and in white EVA suits Scott Parazynski (left) and Chris Hadfield. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

When NASA and its worldwide partners began assembling the International Space Station (ISS) in low-Earth […]

'Nice Round Number': 15 Years Since STS-100 Shook Hands at the Space Station (Part 1)

15 years ago, this month, Canadarm2 was installed at the International Space Station (ISS). Shuttle mission STS-100 marked the first occasion that as many as four discrete nations had been represented on a single flight and saw Chris Hadfield become Canada’s first spacewalker. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Within the last month, […]

'Without Travel Orders': 20 Years Since the Marathon Flight of STS-73 (Part 2)

Clad in their respective “red” and “blue” shirts, to denote their membership of the 12-hour Red and Blue Teams, the STS-73 crew pose for an in-flight portrait in the Spacelab module. Front row (from left) are Kathy Thornton, Mike Lopez-Alegria, and Ken Bowersox, with Catherine “Cady” Coleman and Fred Leslie in the middle […]

'Not For Geeks': 20 Years Since the Marathon Mission of STS-73 (Part 1)

With her port-side payload bay door positioned at 62-degrees-open, in order to guard against Micrometeoroid Orbital Debris (MMOD) impacts in a gravity gradient attitude, Columbia sails through her long-delayed 18th mission in October-November 1995. Photo Credit: NASA

The “geek” has long been recognized as an eccentric, non-mainstream individual, usually imbued with a peculiar […]

Four Space Shuttle Veterans Inducted Into US Astronaut Hall of Fame

Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson (at podium) speaks prior to Dr. Rhea Seddon’s induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 30. From left: Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Chairman Daniel Brandenstein, Kent Rominger, Seddon, Steve Lindsey, John Grunsfeld, Gibson, and CNN’s John Zarrella. Photo Credit: Emily Carney / AmericaSpace

Four space shuttle […]

2015 US Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

On Thursday, Feb. 12, four new inductees into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame were announced: John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and Rhea Seddon. They will be honored at a ceremony at KSCVC on Saturday, May 30. Image Credit: Astronaut Scholarship Foundation on Facebook

On its 25th anniversary, the U.S. Astronaut Hall […]

Working as a Team: Columbia’s Final Flight (Part 2)

Columbia roars into orbit for the 28th and final time on 16 January 2003. Photo Credit: NASA

“We’ve had a Go for Auto Sequence Start. Columbia’s on-board computers have primary control of all the vehicle’s critical functions … ”

More than two decades since her first flight, Columbia, the oldest orbiter in NASA’s […]