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  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 13 – NASA’s successful failure

    David DarlingApril 17th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — It was the most harrowing period of the Apollo era, Apollo 13. Luckily for the crew, the team at NASA's Mission Control Center came through with flying colors and it came to its conclusion on this date in space flight history – April 17, 1970.

  • Jack Crenshaw: the space pioneer you never heard of

    Collin SkocikMarch 27th, 2016

    The Apollo missions had two objectives laid down by President John F. Kennedy: to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth. A critical part of the second objective, returning safely to the Earth, was a trajectory that would bring the spacecraft back from the Moon and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: A successful failure – 45 years later

    Gregory CecilApril 17th, 2015

    Forty five years ago today, as the nation held its collective breath, Apollo 13 successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Jim Lovell, Fred Haise Jr., and John “Jack” Swigert had lifted off from Launch Complex 39A from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop a Saturn V rocket on April 11, 1970, on what the public had considered a […]

  • Apollo’s Haise and Cunningham: We got the glory, but the workers got us to the Moon

    Jason RhianApril 15th, 2015

    TITUSVILLE, Fla — It is not every day that one gets to sit down with someone who has made history, let alone the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13 and Apollo 7 – and at the same time. SpaceFlight Insider was given just such an opportunity during the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar […]

  • Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to host Apollo 13 45th Anniversary Celebration

    Press ReleaseJanuary 16th, 2015

    Experience the breathtaking story of Apollo 13 as you’ve never before – join Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and their fellow astronauts as the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation honors and celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the U.S. space program’s most famous missions. The evening, to be held April 11, 2015 at Kennedy Space Center, FL, […]

  • Stars of Apollo shine at Spacefest VI

    Mark UsciakMay 12th, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif — During the four days during which Spacefest VI was held this year, a wide array of special guests were in attendance – a few however stood out from the rest. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center from May 8-11, a large number of Apollo astronauts including some of those who walked on […]

  • Opinion: Mars One – Our destiny in space or an Insane pipe dream?

    Collin SkocikMay 11th, 2014

      Mars One is a non-profit foundation formed in 2011 with the intention of establishing the first human settlement on the planet Mars. This is not a fly-by-night operation; it is a serious endeavor founded by intelligent and capable experts who have researched the feasibility and the risks and are prepared to launch a one-way […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: America leaps into space

    Heather SmithMay 5th, 2014

    On this day in 1961, America took its first step toward launching humans into space. Showing tremendous bravery a single astronaut, one of the original Mercury seven astronauts looked toward the sky and told the launch control team that it was time to: “Light this candle…”

  • Opinion: Forty-five years later – what does “One Giant Leap” mean?

    Collin SkocikApril 13th, 2014

    On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of a stubby, ungainly and fragile little spacecraft and became the first human being to set foot on another world. As he stepped cautiously into the lunar dust, he spoke the immortal words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-five […]

  • 40 Years Later, Edgar Mitchell’s lunar voyage continues

    Collin SkocikFebruary 2nd, 2014

    On January 31, 1971, Commander Alan Shepard–the first American in space, Command Module Pilot Stu Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell blasted off on top of the massive Saturn V rocket.  Their mission: to complete Apollo 13’s aborted flight, to land in the Fra Mauro Highlands of the Moon and to venture farther from their lunar […]