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News Archive / Author: Steve Hammer

Steve moved to central Virginia from the Atlanta suburbs. He studied U.S. history, geography and social sciences at Virginia Tech and began teaching in the public school system in Southampton County, in Virginia’s Tidewater region. While there, he developed a passion for photography focusing on transportation and anything historic. With encouragement from family and friends, he moved backed to central Virginia where he currently lives and works as a computer science teacher. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the beautiful Virginia county side with his camera.

Articles By Steve Hammer

  • Christopher Kraft leaves behind powerful legacy with passing

    July 22nd, 2019

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas -- Although his name isn't as well-known as Alan Shepard, John Glenn or Neil Armstrong, without the efforts of Christopher C. Kraft, NASA would likely never have left orbit let alone sent men to the Moon. Kraft passed away on Monday, July 22 at the age of 95.

  • Virginia Tech celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

    July 17th, 2019

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- “The Real McCoy”, that’s what astronaut Michael Collins wrote on the cover of the Apollo 11 flight plan on display at the "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 presentation at Virginia Tech." That is a great way to describe this collection of memorabilia and artifacts. The flight plan, which outlined all aspects of the mission, was just a small part of the presentation however.

  • Meteoric – Roscosmos launches satellite to observe

    July 5th, 2019

    Meteors normally crash to Earth, but the Meteor-M No. 2-2 satellite did the exact opposite when it soared away from Earth and on its way to Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • SpaceX’s impressive launch rate continues with Telstar 18 VANTAGE flight

    September 10th, 2018

    Another day, another launch. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE has been successfully placed into orbit by one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets.

  • NASA Administrator visits Langley Research Center

    August 1st, 2018

    LANGLEY, Va. -- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made his second stop on a tour of NASA research facilities Tuesday, July 31 at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.