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  • 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…”

  • 40 Years Later, Edgar Mitchell’s lunar voyage continues

    Collin SkocikFebruary 2nd, 2014

    On January 31, 1971, Commander Alan Shepard–the first American in space, Command Module Pilot Stu Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell blasted off on top of the massive Saturn V rocket.  Their mission: to complete Apollo 13’s aborted flight, to land in the Fra Mauro Highlands of the Moon and to venture farther from their lunar […]