A Head Filled With Seawater: Remembering Liberty Bell 7, Six Decades On

OTD in 1961, Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the 2nd American to reach space. Sixty years on, AmericaSpace remembers his drama-filled 15-minute flight. […]

Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic Target Crewed Suborbital Flights This Month

Both @BlueOrigin & @VirginGalactic are set for suborbital crewed flights this month, but who will get there first? Gear up for the “Battle of the Billionaires”. […]

Beautiful View: Remembering America's First Astronaut, 60 Years On

OTD in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. Sixty years on, AmericaSpace looks back on his remarkable achievement. […]

'Zero-G and I Feel Fine': Remembering John Glenn's Return to Space, OTD in 1998

OTD in 1998, #JohnGlenn returned to space on Discovery as part of 7-person #STS95 crew, incl @AstroDocScott & @astro_duque. […]

Landing in The Drink: Remembering America's Oceanic Returns from Space (Part 1)

On Sunday afternoon, @SpaceX Dragon Endeavour will bring @AstroBehnken & Astro_Doug back to Earth after 8 weeks in space. […]

The Story of the Vanishing Rocket: Remembering the MA-1 Mission, 60 Years On

OTD in 1960, NASA’s effort to someday put an American into orbit suffered a setback with the MA-1 launch failure. […]

'Light This Candle': Remembering America's First Astronaut, OTD in 1961

One of the few grainy images of Shepard, acquired during his brief moments of weightlessness. Photo Credit: NASA

“A damn fine month,” actor Morgan Freeman’s character Ellis “Red” Redding remarked in the movie Shawshank Redemption and, indeed, for America’s space program, the month of May—newly dawned—has long been a historic one for off-the-planet U.S. […]

'It's Been A Long Way': Remembering the Return of the Rookie, 50 Years On

“A long way, but we’re here,” were Shepard’s figuratively and literally appropriate words when he became the fifth man to set foot on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, as the United States and the world stood on the cusp of launching the first humans to the surface of another world, a […]

“What a Beautiful View”: Remembering America’s First Man in Space, OTD in 1961

Al Shepard is hoisted aboard the helicopter, deftly piloted by Wayne Koons, after completing his 15-minute suborbital flight. The patch of fluorescent green marker dye in the water around Freedom 7 is particularly obvious. Photo Credit: NASA

In the half-hour between 9:30 and 10 a.m. EDT on this day in 1961, the United States […]

Sixty Years On, America Remembers the Achievements, Sacrifice of the Mercury Seven

Mercury astronauts John Glenn (3rd from left) and Scott Carpenter (far left) will headline NASA's “Celebrating 50 Years of Americans in Orbit" event at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex February 18. Photo Credit: NASA

The “Mercury Seven”, pictured in an early training photograph. From left to right are Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Wally Schirra, Al Shepard and Deke Slayton. Photo Credit: NASA

Best known as the residence of the fourth First Lady of the United States, on this day in 1959 the Dolley […]