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News Archive / Author: Gregory Cecil

Gregory N. Cecil is the only Florida State Certified Educator and Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician in the nation. He holds a Masters in Aeronautical Science: Space Operations Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and worked on the Space Shuttle Program. He is a science teacher and has taught in both public and private schools. Gregory has written over 50 articles relating to the space program and continues to contribute to the promotion of space.

Articles By Gregory Cecil

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: 50th Anniversary of Pegasus 1

    February 16th, 2015

    On Feb. 16, 1965, NASA launched the first of three Pegasus missions from Launch Complex 37-B out of Cape Canaveral. The mission (A-103) consisted of two spacecraft, Pegasus 1 and Apollo Command Module Boiler Plate 16 (BP 16), both placed atop the Saturn 1 rocket SA-9. Pegasus 1 was designed to study the frequency of […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: 40th anniversary of the Titan IIIE/Centaur launch

    February 12th, 2015

    On Feb. 11, 1974, the first launch of the Titan IIIE/Centaur (TC 1) was carried out from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Titan IIIE/Centaur was designed to meet NASA’s payload requirements for future unmanned probes and this mission was a “Proof of Concept” flight. The launch was conducted by the Unmanned […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Bruce McCandless performs the first untethered spacewalk

    February 7th, 2015

    Thirty-one years ago today, on Feb. 7, 1984, mission specialist Bruce McCandless II became the first human to perform an untethered spacewalk (EVA) with the help of a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). Flying at an altitude of approximately 170 miles (274 km), and up to 320 feet (98 m) away from Space Shuttle Challenger, McCandless’ historic flight […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Explorer 1 and the start of the Space Age

    January 31st, 2015

    On Jan. 31, 1958, the United States had their first successful satellite launch with Explorer I. The satellite was designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). located near Pasadena, California. The launch occurred from Launch Complex 26 located at the Cape Canaveral Missile Range, now known today as Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, at 22:48 […]