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News Archive / Tagged: Space Shuttle

  • NASA, Orbital ATK provide boosters for Endeavour exhibit

    Jason RhianMarch 31st, 2017

    Not everyone had the chance to see the Space Shuttle fully stacked with its external tank and SRBs; those that have usually came away awestruck at the power and size of the vehicle. Soon, guests who visit the California Science Center will have the opportunity to walk away with similar feelings, and it's partly thanks to the efforts of NASA and Orbital ATK.

  • Reaching for the stars: An interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 20th, 2017

    In an interview with SpaceFlight Insider affiliate Astrowatch.net, veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fossum talked about his career as an astronaut, recollecting unforgettable and thrilling moments in space.

  • The evolution of U.S. spacesuits from Mercury to today

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 3rd, 2017

    In order for humans to survive in the hostile environment of outer space, mankind has invented new technologies ranging from rockets that lift us into space, to vehicles capable of sustaining us in space, and the ultimate personal space 'vehicle' – the spacesuit.

  • From double to triple: Why the landing Falcon 9 creates three sonic booms

    Scott JohnsonJuly 27th, 2016

    One of the iconic sounds of the Space Shuttle era has returned to the Space Coast—the sonic boom. The returning Shuttle orbiter produced a signature double sonic boom on its approach to Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. Similar sounds were heard again in the early morning hours of July 18 as SpaceX's Falcon 9 first stage returned to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's (CCAFS) Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1), formerly Launch Complex 13, creating a triple sonic boom.

  • Final Journey: Last Space Shuttle External Tank arrives in California

    Matthew KuhnsMay 19th, 2016

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Under low clouds, ET-94 moved into Marina Del Rey, east of Los Angeles. After moving slowly through the harbor, the barge was tied to the dock around 8 a.m. PDT on May 18. It has been a long and eventful journey from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Remembering Challenger

    Collin SkocikJanuary 28th, 2016

    On Jan. 28, 1986, a “routine” shuttle launch turned into a monumental tragedy that forever altered the course of the Space Shuttle Program, and from which NASA – and the nation – never fully recovered.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: SPARTAN flies high with STS-72

    Collin SkocikJanuary 11th, 2016

    On Jan. 11, 1996, Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off from NASA's Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on STS-72 – a mission, among other things, that was sent aloft to retrieve a Japanese satellite and return it to Earth.

  • Skywalking: Did UFOs visit STS-80 Columbia?

    Tom JonesOctober 10th, 2015

    During the week of April 11, 2011, the FBI released some of its investigation records on UFOs. The reports reflect the reality that people do see unexplained phenomena in the sky. Are these sightings evidence for intelligent life elsewhere, or some secret flight testing program?

  • Russian reusable spacecraft ambitions revived

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 25th, 2015

    The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center plans to revive the former Soviet Union’s winged space shuttle program, known as Buran. Started in 1974, Buran was a Soviet reusable spacecraft project undertaken as a response to NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

  • Astronaut Steve Swanson leaving NASA

    Jason RhianAugust 14th, 2015

    NASA is poised to lose another member of its Astronaut Corps. Three-time shuttle veteran Steven Swanson joins them, becoming one among many who have opted to leave the agency in the post-shuttle era. His departure marks the fourth experienced astronaut to leave NASA in a month's time.

  • ‘Forever Remembered’ Memorial opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Jason RhianJune 27th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — They were two of the most traumatic experiences of a program that lasted 30 years. The names Challenger and Columbia will forever be tied to the 14 astronauts who lost their lives on STS-51L and STS-107 – and they will also be forever memorialized by a new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center […]

  • Insider Interview: From Shuttle to Shuttle an interview with Steve Lindsey – Part 2

    Jason RhianJune 17th, 2015

    In this second part of our interview with former NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey, SpaceFlight Insider delves deeper into what it was that made his decision to leave NASA and to join Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser program, what it was like to discover that Dream Chaser was not selected to continue under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and what […]

  • Nicole Stott retires from NASA after 27 years of service

    Joe LatrellJune 5th, 2015

    Astronaut Nicole Passonno Stott, a 27 year veteran with NASA, is retiring from the space agency. Stott flew two space missions to the International Space Station (ISS ) including a long-duration stay on board the orbiting lab. Stott will now be pursuing a career as a full-time artist. She also plans to be an advocate for science, […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: A life of exploration and discovery – Remembering Sally Ride

    Gregory CecilMay 26th, 2015

    Today, May 26, 2015, would have been U.S. astronaut Sally Ride’s 64th birthday. Although Ride is mainly known for her tenure as an astronaut, Ride was much more than just the first U.S. woman to venture into the blackness of space. Her legacy is something that we at SpaceFlight Insider wanted to provide a review […]

  • Women in Space: Dr. Anna Fisher, one of the ‘Original Six’

    J.D. TaylorApril 30th, 2015

    SpaceFlight Insider and USA in Space recently had a chance to interview U.S. astronaut Dr. Anna Lee Tingle Fisher. In 1978, Dr. Fisher was in the first group of six women ever selected to be American astronauts. Prior to 1978, women were not allowed into NASA’s Astronaut Training Program. In fact, the only woman to have […]