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News Archive / Tagged: Human Space Flight

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]