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News Archive / Author: Heather Smith

Heather Smith's fascination for space exploration – started at the tender age of twelve while she was on a sixth-grade field trip in Kenner, Louisiana, walking through a mock-up of the International Space Station and seeing the “space potty” (her terminology has progressed considerably since that time) – she realized at this point that her future lay in the stars. Smith has come to realize that very few people have noticed how much spaceflight technology has improved their lives. She has since dedicated herself to correcting this problem. Inspired by such classic literature as Anne Frank’s Diary, she has honed her writing skills and has signed on as The Spaceflight Group’s coordinator for the organization’s social media efforts.

Articles By Heather Smith

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Curiosity three years later

    November 26th, 2014

    Three years ago today on Nov. 26, 2011, an Atlas V 541 (AV-028) rocket launched at 10:02 a.m. EST (1501 a.m. GMT) from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Aboard the evolved expendable launch vehicle (EELV) sent aloft under the guidance of United Launch Alliance (ULA ), was the Mars […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The imperfect flight of STS-113

    November 23rd, 2014

    Twelve years ago today on Nov. 23, 2002, Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted-off at 7:49 p.m. EST (1149 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aboard the shuttle, the crew was ready to carry out the 112th mission of the program. Led by commander Jim Wetherbee, the crew included pilot Paul Lockhart, and mission […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Venus Express begins a journey – to hell

    November 8th, 2014

    The Venus Express spacecraft was launched atop a Soyuz-Fregat rocket on Nov. 8, 2005 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The Fregat upper stage was fired twice. The first ignition moved Venus Express onto a sub-orbital trajectory – and started a mission that eventually see the craft in polar orbit above Venus – providing scientists with a deeper understanding […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Expedition 7 returns home after history-making mission

    October 27th, 2014

    The crew of Expedition 7 returned to Earth after spending six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Oct. 27, 2003 at 9:41 p.m. EDT (0141 GMT).  With the leadership of Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos, and US astronaut Edward Lu followed Norman Thagard in traveling to space in a Soyuz spacecraft. The two men experienced a more scaled […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: International Incident averted – interplanetary success achieved – the flight of STS-34

    October 18th, 2014

    On Oct. 18, 1989, a group of astronauts launched aboard space shuttle Atlantis from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle carried some very special cargo, Galileo, an unmanned spacecraft heading for the Jupiter. It was the first planetary orbiter to carry out an extended observation of the Jovian system and it was charged with collecting a sampling […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: GOES 1

    October 16th, 2014

    On Oct. 16, 1975, the first of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series was launched from Space Launch Complex 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it was launched on a Delta 2914 expendable rocket which was developed by NASA’s Office of Space Science Applications. GOES-1 […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-92

    October 11th, 2014

    The moment space shuttle Discovery launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the seven person crew of STS-92 embarked on a long journey to help begin construction of the International Space Station. During the first six days of the mission, Discovery’s five Mission Specialists performed four spacewalks. Liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: remembering STS-41G

    October 5th, 2014

    STS-41G was one for the record books, being the first shuttle flight to feature two female astronauts, Sally Ride and Kathy Sullivan. Launching aboard Space Shuttle Challenger from Pad 39A on October 5, 1984 at 7:03 a.m. EDT, the crew was led by Commander Bob Crippen and Pilot Jon McBride. Along with Ride and Sullivan, […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Sputnik 1 launches the space age

    October 4th, 2014

    History was made on Oct. 4, 1957. More than fifty years ago, the U.S.S.R. launched its first satellite, Sputnik 1, and with it, the Space Age. The launching of the beach ball sized satellite spurred a revolutionary new era of exploration and sparked a historic competition between the United States and the U.S.S.R. This ultimately paved the way […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-86

    September 26th, 2014

    On September 26, 1997, six NASA astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut launched on Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex-39A in Florida to complete its seventh docking to the Mir space station. This mission carried SPACEHAB, the double module used for docking with Mir for cargo transfer and astronaut exchange. The previous Shuttle-Mir missions were STS-71, […]

  • Soyuz TMA-14M successfully launches Expedition 41 crew to ISS

    September 25th, 2014

    The crew of Expedition 41 successfully launched at 4:25 p.m. EDT (2025 GMT) to the the International Space Station (ISS ) from the LC-1 launch pad located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineers Barry Wilmore and Elena Serova lifted off on what is planned as a six-hour, four-orbit ride […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Surveyor 2

    September 20th, 2014

    On September 20, 1966, Surveyor 2 was intended to land in Sinus Medii, a different area of the Apollo zone. The spacecraft was designed as a follow-up to the highly successful Surveyor 1 mission and was the second of seven lunar landers, tasked with collecting lunar data in preparation for NASA’s Apollo missions.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Vanguard 3

    September 18th, 2014

    On September 18, 1959, the Vanguard 3  satellite was launched on a Vanguard rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 18 (LC-18) in Florida. The United States Department of the Navy successfully launched the third of eleven Vanguard satellites from the Eastern Test Range into geocentric orbit.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-115

    September 9th, 2014

    On September 9, 2006, the STS-115 crew of space shuttle Atlantis launched at 11:15 a.m EDT (1515 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39 in Florida. Led by Commander Brent Jett and Pilot Chris Ferguson, the mission included the addition of the P3/P4 truss structure. After the  two return to flight missions of STS-114 and STS-121, the STS-115 was a return to major assembly of the […]

  • NASA’s first Orion crew capsule ready for flight

    September 8th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Before its scheduled test flight in December of this year, NASA has released the first photo of a fully constructed Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle capsule being serviced at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.