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  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The Journey Begins

    Heather SmithJuly 16th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, on July 16, 1969, three astronauts were launched aboard a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of Apollo 11 was the start of NASA’s first attempt to land men on the Moon. It would mark the beginning of a brief period in time, when humanity walked on […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The first international space partnership

    Heather SmithJuly 15th, 2014

    On July 15, 1975, The first international space partnership, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, took place between the United Soviet Socialist Republic and the United States. This first international spaceflight effort took place when an Apollo and a Soyuz spacecraft docked in low-Earth-orbit for a nine-day mission that brought the two former rivals together as one.

  • CNN launches original series on the Space Race

    Heather SmithJuly 2nd, 2014

    The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host a sneak preview of CNN’s original series on the Space Race as apart of their series about the Sixties. The event will take place on Monday July 7 at noon at the Astronaut Encounter Theater at KSC’s Visitor Center. The event is included with admission to Kennedy […]

  • Opinion: The War of the Worlds – To the Moon or Mars?

    Collin SkocikJune 2nd, 2014

    The space community is deeply divided. One group believes we need to focus our manned space efforts on returning to the Moon. Another believes we should bypass the Moon and go straight to Mars. The two groups see one another as enemies, but there is no reason for this to be so. The pro-space community […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Surveyor 1, 1st American craft to soft land on the Moon

    Heather SmithMay 31st, 2014

    The Surveyor 1 spacecraft launched  from Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop an Atlas/Centaur rocket on May 30,1966. It would become the first spacecraft to land softly on the surface of the Moon. The soft landing was achieved using a retrorocket and a bank of three thrusters to slow the lander’s speed […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Remembering Apollo 10

    David DarlingMay 18th, 2014

    On May 18th, 1969, at 12:49 p.m. EDT, Apollo 10 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the fourth manned flight of the Apollo Project and the final rehearsal for the first manned lunar landing. Aboard were astronauts Thomas P. Stafford (Commander), John W. Young (Command Module Pilot), and Eugene Cernan (Lunar Module Pilot).

  • Stars of Apollo shine at Spacefest VI

    Mark UsciakMay 12th, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif — During the four days during which Spacefest VI was held this year, a wide array of special guests were in attendance – a few however stood out from the rest. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center from May 8-11, a large number of Apollo astronauts including some of those who walked on […]

  • 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…”

  • John Houbolt, the man who made the Moonlandings possible, dead at 95

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2014

    Recently, as the world turned its attention to the launching of a rocket into low-Earth-orbit – a man who’s determination allowed men to set foot on the Moon faded quietly into history. John Cornelius Houbolt, passed away on April 15, 2014 – he was 95. His work during the “Space Race” was as insightful as it […]

  • SpaceX to use Launch Complex 39A for Falcon Heavy – sets first launch in first quarter of 2015

    Scott JohnsonApril 16th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – On Monday, April 14, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) signed a 20 year lease agreement with NASA for the use of its Pad “A” located at Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Launch Complex 39 (LC-39A),  the pad from which all Apollo Moon landing missions, and many space shuttle  missions, departed the planet.

  • NASA Dryden Center renaming ceremony set for May 13

    Jason RhianApril 2nd, 2014

    In a little over a month, a turning point will occur at one of NASA’s most iconic facilities. On Tuesday May 13, 2014 a special ceremony will be held to change the name of Dryden Flight Research Center – to Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in honor of Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to […]

  • Review: Marketing the Moon

    Jason RhianMarch 29th, 2014

    Details of man’s first foray to another world have been told repeatedly, to the point where they have become repetitive. It is therefore a welcome change of pace that a new offering helps to detail a little-known aspect of what it took to land 12 astronauts on the surface of another world. At that time, […]

  • Astronaut William R. Pogue (1930-2014)

    David DarlingMarch 4th, 2014

    Veteran astronaut Bill Pogue, who served on the final Skylab mission and as a support crewmember for several Apollo missions, has passed away, he was 84. After retiring from NASA, he became a successful educator, author, aerospace consultant, and public speaker.

  • Opinion: Despite Boozer’s claims NewSpace needs NASA

    Jason RhianMarch 2nd, 2014

    It’s been stated firms which benefit from NASA, would be wise to tamp down the “defund NASA” rhetoric which comes out of the NewSpace movement’s base. It appears some among them are starting to realize that, given the fact their “chosen” launch vehicles and spacecraft are funded primarily by NASA – it might be a good idea to not […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo – Setting the stage(s)

    Sara HowardMarch 2nd, 2014

    Everything we use today that has a motor or engine has to be tested. All the parts are manufactured in different places and then delivered to an assembly plant where they are put together. The two most familiar items are cars and airplanes. However, it was the same with the stages and modules of the […]