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News Archive / Tagged: Human Space Flight

  • Apollo 11: Fact and Fiction

    Collin SkocikJuly 20th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, the tiny lunar module “Eagle” set down gently—too gently, actually—on the surface of the Moon, and mankind has never been the same since. We now live in a world in which man has walked on another world. After four decades, we have yet to come to terms with the magnitude of […]

  • U.S Representatives raise questions regarding NASA’s contracts with SpaceX

    Jason RhianJuly 19th, 2014

    On July 16, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressing reservations over, what the letter refers to as an, “epidemic” of anomalies relating to launch vehicles and spacecraft SpaceX has produced as part of NASA’s commercial crew and cargo efforts. These partnerships are designed to ferry supplies and […]

  • 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.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: A first look at Mars

    Heather SmithJuly 14th, 2014

    Between 1962 and 1973, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory built ten spacecrafts to explore Mercury, Venus, and Mars. One of the great successes of the early American space program, Mariner 4’s 21 images were the first taken of another planet from space. The spacecraft continued to send images of the Martian surface through October of that year. […]

  • A second chance at a Maiden Launch for Angara

    Josh TallisJuly 8th, 2014

    Tensions flared, but the rocket didn’t. On June 27, Russia’s experimental Angara 1.2 rocket aborted its maiden launch just fifteen seconds before liftoff. Watching live from the Kremlin was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has put his personal mark on the Angara program and was carefully following up on a review of the failed launch. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Book Review: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    Scott JohnsonJuly 5th, 2014

    Longtime NBC News Space Correspondent, Jay Barbree, has written a new book, entitled: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight (Macmillan Publishers / St. Martins’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books), which is scheduled for release next week – on July 8. Barbree has authored several prior books (on spaceflight and other topics) and is the only […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Shuttle launch for Independence Day

    Heather SmithJuly 4th, 2014

    On Independence Day, July 4, 2006, space Shuttle Discovery lifted off at 2:37 p.m. EDT with six astronauts aboard and two tons of cargo to be delivered to the International Space Station, including the fourth trip for the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo.

  • Report: NASA Commercial Crew companies get extension

    Jason RhianJuly 3rd, 2014

    An article posted on Space News by veteran aerospace journalist Irene Klotz details how NASA has opted to extend its agreements with two companies competing to produce spacecraft tasked with flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC ) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) have been given an […]

  • NASA welcomes public comment on EIS for Mars 2020 mission

    Rae Botsford EndJune 26th, 2014

    NASA has officially opened up the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for their proposed Mars 2020 mission, including an online public meeting this Thursday. Interested organizations and the public are welcome to review the DEIS and submit their thoughts to the space agency.

  • Review: Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2014

    I briefly met Neil deGrasse Tyson during the lead up to the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-125 in May of 2009. It was the final re-servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. It was a blisteringly hot day. I was assisting SpaceFlight Now on their live show and Tyson was at the […]

  • Sierra Nevada and Craig Technologies announce collaboration on Dream Chaser space plane

    Jason RhianJune 13th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) along with Craig Technologies announced on Thursday, June 12 that Craig would join SNC’s efforts to produce the Dream Chaser® space plane for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP ). The announcement was made at Craig Technologies’ Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC) located in Cape Canaveral. Through […]

  • Sploid feature highlights stunning imagery of NASA’s proposed real-life ‘Enterprise’ starship

    Paul Scott AndersonJune 12th, 2014

    Space Exploration Technologies just unveiled its new Dragon V2 crew-rated spacecraft, which was a big “wow” moment for a lot of people. But if these newly released conceptions are any idea, NASA may be planning on trying to upstage that, big time. The dreams of a Star Trek-like Enterprise starship which could travel to the stars have […]

  • The Shuttle Landing Experience offering discounted rates for dads on Father’s Day

    Jason RhianJune 12th, 2014

    TITUSVILLE, Fla — The Shuttle Landing Experience is offering discounted rates for folks who bring in their dads on Father’s Day and the timing of this special offer could not come at a better time. The normal rate of $65 per person will be dropped for dad to just $50 and anyone accompanying him will […]

  • Advertisement: The Space Store unveils new products / website design

    Jason RhianJune 11th, 2014

    The best place to get space-related products on the internet, The Space Store , has unveiled a new look for its website as well as a ton of new science-fiction merchandise. The Colorado-based outlet has carried out these changes in order to better serve customers. The company issued the following news release detailing the company’s efforts […]