'Whatever Was Needed': 15 Years Since the First Female Shuttle Commander (Part 2)

Columbia roars into the darkened Florida sky at 12:31 a.m. EDT on 23 July 1999. It would be one of the most hazardous launch phases in shuttle history. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, this week, the first woman ever to lead a space mission was launched aboard Shuttle Columbia to deliver NASA’s […]

'Making Superman Jealous': 15 Years Since the First Female Shuttle Commander (Part 1)

Eileen Collins, the first female spacecraft commander in history, floats in Columbia’s middeck, 15 years ago this week. Photo Credit: NASA

“It’s great to be back in zero-g again,” said STS-93 commander Eileen Collins, early on 23 July 1999, as she and her four crewmates set about preparing the Shuttle Columbia for five […]

Premier Vol Habité: The Story of France’s First Man in Space (Part 2)

Its descent slowed by a main parachute and its touchdown cushioned by the ignition of solid-fueled rockets, the Soyuz T-6 spacecraft lands safely on 2 July 1982, bringing France’s first spacefarer back to Earth. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de/Joachim Becker

More than thirty years have passed since France became the first Western European nation to […]