Challenger's Final Voyage: A Mission That Never Was

As @NASA & America remembers their fallen space heroes this week, AmericaSpace looks back at what Challenger’s STS-51L voyage might have looked like: an ambitious mission tragically cut short. […]

'Go At Throttle Up': Remembering Challenger's Final Flight, OTD in 1986

OTD in 1986, shuttle Challenger & her STS-51L crew were lost shortly after liftoff. Today, @AmericaSpace & the world remembers their ultimate sacrifice. […]

At its Best: Remembering Columbia's STS-32 Mission, OTD in 1990

OTD in 1990, Columbia launched STS-32, a mission which ticked off almost everything the shuttle could do: satellite deployment, retrieval, rendezvous & long-duration flight. And a highly classified birthday, too. […]

Like Night Flying: Remembering STS-35, OTD in 1990

OTD in 1990 (after a summer of delays & with PLT Guy Gardner’s hair smoothly combed), #Columbia flew the long-delayed ASTRO-1 mission to study the Universe. […]

Black History Month: Looking Back, Looking Forward at the Contributions of African-American Astronauts

Charlie Bolden, pictured at the commander’s station on STS-60 in February 1994. This flight, 25 years ago, saw the first joint U.S.-Russian participation in manned space exploration since the Apollo-Soyuz era. Bolden went on to become NASA’s first African-American administrator. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago, this month, an African-American astronaut commanded one […]

Missed Warnings: The Fatal Flaws Which Doomed Challenger 32 Years Ago (Part 2)

This photograph of the space shuttle Challenger accident Jan. 28, 1986 was taken by a 70mm tracking camera at UCS 15 south of Pad 39B, at 11:39:19.261 EST. Photo credit: NASA

At 11:39 a.m. EST on 28 January 1986, the unthinkable happened, when shuttle Challenger was lost, a mere 73 seconds after liftoff. […]

Missed Warnings: The Fatal Flaws Which Doomed Challenger 32 Years Ago (Part 1)

Of all the fragments of Challenger which were recovered, this shard of the craft, bearing part of her name, was particularly poignant. Photo Credit: NASA

On 7 March 1986, six weeks after the loss of Challenger, divers from the U.S.S. Preserver found the remains of the ill-fated shuttle’s crew cabin. It “was disintegrated, […]

City of Titusville Astronaut Memorial Ceremony Wraps Up Somber Week of Anniversaries, Remembrances

A single red carnation and, most touchingly, an apple decorate Christa McAuliffe’s plaque at Titusville’s Sand Point Park Saturday morning. McAuliffe was the first Teacher in Space, but perished aboard Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The dates marked Jan. 27, 28, and Feb. 1 are downcast days […]

On Challenger's 30th Anniversary, NASA Reflects On its Fallen Heroes

Floral tributes offer a touch of color against the drab gray and black of the Space Mirror Memorial and the day itself. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

For NASA, the fourth and fifth weeks of each year have always carried a somber mood of reflection and resolve, in which the glories of past successes—including […]

New 'Forever Remembered' Exhibit Pays Tribute to Challenger and Columbia Crews STS-51L and STS-107

 

“Forever Remembered” at KSCVC pays tribute to the 14 fallen astronaut heroes who sacrificed their lives during America’s 30-year space shuttle program. Photo Credit: Talia Landman / AmericaSpace

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.” – President Ronald Reagan

There was not a dry eye in the […]