'When You Got Debts': Remembering the Shuttle's Maiden Launch, 40 Years On

OTD in 1981, a new era began with the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle, STS-1. […]

'Out on Parole': Remembering STS-29, OTD in 1989

OTD in 1989, the astronauts of shuttle Discovery launched, deployed a communications satellite & received a rather unexpected wakeup call. […]

The Sun Kept Rising: Remembering Columbia's Unflown Mission, 35 Years On

OTD in 1986, shuttle Columbia might have launched into the night on a mission to survey Halley’s Comet. Tragically, the loss of Challenger a few weeks earlier changed all that. […]

Firing Up the Shuttle: Remembering Columbia's First Roar, 40 Years On

40yrs ago today, with a lion-like roar, Columbia came alive in a major test before the first Space Shuttle mission. […]

SNC Receives FAA Approval to Land Dream Chaser on Former Shuttle Runway

@SierraNevCorp & @SpaceFlorida take one step closer to landing Dream Chaser @Space_Station cargo missions back home at @NASAKennedy. […]

Stopping the Shuttle: Remembering the Drag Chute, 30 Years On

Until the very end of its life, NASA’s space shuttle fleet remained inherently dangerous. But 30yrs ago this month, work began to develop a technology which would make shuttle landings much safer. […]

'Huffing and Puffing': How Does Flying a Falcon 9 Compare to the Rest? (Part 2)

Launch of Dragon Endeavour atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 on 30 May 2020. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

It’s rare that you can time a moment in history to a single split-second. But last Saturday, that split-second fell at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT, when American astronauts rode an American-made spacecraft, atop an American-built rocket, and from […]

Celebrating Hubble's 30th Anniversary ... and Looking Beyond to the Next 30 Years

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (right) will pick up where the Hubble (left) will soon leave off, observing the universe in infrared & looking further back in time than Hubble ever could. Photos: NASA

April 24 marked the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which has given humanity some of the most […]

Lock the Doors: Remembering Columbia's Final Homecoming, OTD in 2003

As evidenced by the clock on the main screen at 14:15:05 GMT (9:15:05 am EST) on 1 February 2003, this view of a tense Mission Control was acquired a quarter of an hour after the first sign of trouble…and a minute ahead of Columbia’s expected landing. By now, everyone was aware that all hope […]

'Stronger Than Required': Remembering Skylab's End, 40 Years On

One of the final views of Skylab in orbit, as seen directly by human eyes, during the departure of the third crew in February 1974. The station, which began its slow descent back to Earth 40 years ago, this summer, was the largest single object ever launched into space. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years […]