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  • 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 […]

  • Lockheed wins contract to track space trash

    Josh TallisJune 4th, 2014

    The Department of Defense announced this week it was awarding nearly one billion dollars to build Space Fence, a space surveillance network designed to track and monitor orbital debris. Lockheed Martin Corp. beat out Raytheon for the $915 million contract.

  • Opinion: Why a Mars flyby mission?

    Collin SkocikMay 25th, 2014

    Lately there have been several proposals to launch manned missions to circle past the planet Mars and return to Earth. Inspiration Mars, is a nonprofit venture that is working to launch a manned Mars flyby in 2018, when Earth and Mars are at opposition. The House Appropriations Committee just authorized NASA to study the feasibility of launching […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: A rare view of Endeavour

    Heather SmithMay 25th, 2014

    Three years ago, on May 23, 2011, Paolo Nespoli took the first pictures of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station (ISS) from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Not only was this the first picture of  Endeavour docked to the ISS, it was also the first image of any shuttle docked to the station […]

  • 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).

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Remembering the final flight of Project Mercury

    David DarlingMay 15th, 2014

    On this day in 1963, astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off aboard Faith 7 on the final mission of Project Mercury. Lying in his capsule during countdown, Cooper was so relaxed that he even managed to nod off. He had another opportunity to sleep once in space because this 22-orbit mission was the first in […]

  • Chris Hadfield’s ‘Space Oddity’ video removed from YouTube

    David DarlingMay 13th, 2014

    “Far above the world, Planet Earth is blue,” crooned everyone’s favorite singing spaceman, Chris Hadfield from his perch on the International Space Station (ISS). A year ago, while commander of the ISS, the Canadian covered David Bowie’s 1969 tune Space Oddity from an orbit more than 260 miles (420 kilometers) high. Now the Youtube video […]

  • 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 […]

  • House Appropriations Committee raises NASA budget

    Collin SkocikMay 10th, 2014

    On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee voted to give NASA $19.9 billion for FY 2015. This was about $439 million more than the White House had asked for. The Committee criticized President Obama for consistently asking for less money than what was needed to meet the space agency’s goals. A refrain which has been […]

  • ISS officials looking into space station’s recent power failure

    James TuttenMay 10th, 2014

    Flight controllers working on Earth for the International Space Station (ISS) are investigating a power failure that occurred in the space station’s 3A power channel on Thursday, May 8. NASA officials have stated that the power issue will not impact the departure of the Expedition 39 crewmembers on Tuesday, May 13. The space agency also […]

  • SpaceFlight Insider hosts “Tweet Chat” with Kent Rominger today at 2 p.m. EDT

    Jason RhianMay 8th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — If you have ever wanted to chat with an astronaut and an aerospace expert – SpaceFlight Insider is working to open the doors to provide you with just such an opportunity. At 2 p.m. EDT on May 8 we will be hosting a “Tweet Chat” with former space shuttle astronaut Kent […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Endeavour’s maiden voyage

    Heather SmithMay 7th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On May 7, 1992, Space Shuttle Endeavour roared aloft on her maiden voyage. The crew of Endeavour’s STS-49 mission captured and repaired Intelsat VI, which had been stranded in an unusable orbit since its launch atop a Titan rocket in March of 1990. Over the course of 3 spacewalks, the satellite […]

  • Is low-Earth-orbit the next commercial marketplace?

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 30th, 2014

    The International Space Station (ISS) is the birthplace of new technologies and scientific breakthroughs – some only possible without the constraints of gravity. Since late 2000, there have been over 200 visitors (people, space crafts and even a robonaut) to the ISS. Despite being fourteen years old, the space station remains at the forefront of […]

  • Opinion: We need to define the long-term goal of space flight

    Collin SkocikApril 27th, 2014

    While not known by the public at large, the space community is, in essence, at war with itself. Politicians have crept in and used this division to their own ends. What we are left with is a confused, lackluster policy (if it can be called that) toward spaceflight. Initially, then-candidate Obama stated that the U.S. […]