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  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The flight of Freedom 7 fifty four years ago

    Gregory CecilMay 5th, 2015

    Fifty four years ago today, Alan Shepard Jr. became the first American in space flying aboard the Mercury capsule Freedom 7. Shepard and his ship lifted off atop a Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 5 and followed by a successful splashdown in the Atlantic after a flight lasting just over […]

  • Insider Interview: Recent AHoF inductee Jerry Ross talks NASA and Commercial Crew

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — During a recent interview that SpaceFlight Insider conducted with this year’s U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Ross, the seven-time space flight veteran and former Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ross recently penned his autobiography dubbed Spacewalker: My […]

  • 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…”

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: First Manned Spaceflight

    NASAApril 12th, 2014

    On this day in 1961, a Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first person in space. Gagarin made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The date of April 12 was already a huge day in terms of space history because of this. Some twenty years later, this date would be underlined in terms of […]

  • 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

    Jason RhianFebruary 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Two space shuttle veterans have been tapped to enter into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHoF). The announcement was made on Feb. 7 at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The duo selected to enter the AHoF included the first astronaut to […]

  • The flight of Sigma 7

    Jeff DarlingOctober 8th, 2013

    1962: With the Space Race in full swing, and the Soviet Vostok 2 having successfully completed a lengthy 25-hour, 17.5-orbit flight the previous year, NASA was keen to push forward with the Mercury-Atlas (MA) program and experiment with longer-duration missions. Planning for MA-8 – the fifth and penultimate manned Mercury flight – began in February […]