'Not Supposed To Happen': Remembering Apollo 9, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Apollo 9 was tasked with the first manned test-flight of the Command and Service Module (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM) in low-Earth orbit. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The year 1969 was pivotal in so many ways for humanity. At its dawn, American astronauts had newly returned from circling the Moon, and by […]

'Lost and Gone Forever': Remembering Clementine's Return to the Moon, 25 Years On

Star-tracker image of the lunar limb, with Venus a bright object in the background, from Clementine. Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Geological Survey

When a returning Falcon 9 first stage plunged back to Earth and alighted at Landing Zone (LZ)-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last October—wrapping up SpaceX’s first return-to-launch-site on the West Coast—it […]

Wham! Meteorite Impacts the Moon During Lunar Eclipse

Photo showing the impact of a meteorite on the Moon as seen during the lunar eclipse on Jan. 20, 2019. Photo Credit: Jose M. Madiedo

The lunar eclipse last Sunday – the so-called “super wolf blood moon” – was spectacular, with thousands of great images being taken by skywatchers. But some keen-eyed observers also […]

'From American Cheese': Remembering Apollo 8, 50 Years On (Part 3)

Truly the voyage of Apollo 8 over the Christmas period in 1968 carried with it the most profound message of the Greatest Story Ever Told: a message of peace, goodwill and harmony to the inhabitants of Planet Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

Five decades ago, in December 1968, three men were launched atop […]

'He Lost His Record': Remembering Apollo 8, 50 Years On (Part 2)

View of Earth from Apollo 8, showing the day-night terminator crossing from Brazil to the north-eastern United States. Photo Credit: NASA

Five decades have now passed since the largest and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status—the gigantic Saturn V—set off from Earth, bound for another world, with a human crew aboard. At […]

'Why Complicate It?' Remembering Apollo 8, 50 Years On (Part 1)

For some time, the exact content of Apollo 8 (whether circumlunar or lunar-orbital) remained undecided. The crew patch, originally sketched by Jim Lovell onto his kneeboard during a cross-country T-38 flight with Frank Borman, illustrates the ambiguity and enormity of their mission. Image Credit: NASA

Since July 1969, astronaut Mike Collins has achieved worldwide […]

NASA Outlines New Commercial Partnerships for Returning People to the Moon Within 10 Years

The moon rising as an American rocket launches a commercial satellite. Today NASA announced several commercial partnerships aimed at landing robotic and crewed missions on the moon in the coming years. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Today NASA announced more plans to get back to the moon, this time to stay, because science, […]

'Yabadabadoo': 50 Years Since Apollo 7 Brought America's Lunar Goal Closer (Part 2)

The expended Saturn S-IVB stage as photographed from the Apollo 7 spacecraft during transposition and docking maneuvers. This view is over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this month, Apollo 7—America’s first three-person space mission—launched from Pad 34 at Cape Kennedy and spent almost 11 days […]

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 launch […]

Don Peterson, First Shuttle Spacewalker, Dies Aged 84

 

Don Peterson (right) eats and confers with Commander Paul “P.J.” Weitz during STS-6. Weitz died last year. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Veteran astronaut Don Peterson, who flew aboard STS-6, the maiden voyage of orbiter Challenger, performed the first-ever spacewalk from the shuttle airlock and might—had the hands of fate turned differently—have […]