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  • Wally Funk of the ‘Mercury 13’ to finally fly into space next week

    Theresa CrossJuly 13th, 2021

    On July 1, 2021, Blue Origin announced that Wally Funk, a member of the “Mercury 13," would fly into space atop the company’s suborbital New Shepard rocket.

  • Photo Gallery: NASA’s Bill Ingalls photographs John Glenn in repose

    Derek RichardsonDecember 17th, 2016

    Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn laid in repose Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at the Ohio Statehouse for the public to pay its respects. NASA photographer Bill Ingalls was there to photograph the event.

  • Eulogy: Marine, astronaut, senator – The life of John Glenn

    David BrownDecember 9th, 2016

    Few could ever hope to achieve in three lifetimes what John Glenn has done in one. As a father, husband, patriot, Marine test pilot, astronaut, senator, and even presidential candidate, Glenn's life has been one of drive, determination, and the willingness to meet and overcome any obstacle set before him.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: This day in SpaceFlight History

    Jason RhianApril 9th, 2015

    This day, April 9, is a pivotal one in terms of human exploration of the Solar System – especially for manned spaceflight. On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the first group of astronauts that had been selected to conduct the space agency’s first crewed efforts to orbit. The Soviet Union proposed Vostok as a “space trainer”. […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: John Glenn orbits the Earth

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 20th, 2015

    On Feb. 20, 1962, NASA launched one of the most important flights in U.S. history. This mission would pave the way for the nation’s future space exploration efforts. The pilot of this historic flight, John Glenn, became a national hero and a symbol of American ambition as he was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth. […]

  • 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…”

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The Chosen 7

    NASAApril 9th, 2014

    On this day in 1959, seven men were introduced at a press conference as the first group of astronauts for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

  • 40 years later, Edgar Mitchell’s Moon voyage continues (part 2)

    Collin SkocikFebruary 9th, 2014

    Former Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, veteran of the historic Apollo 14 mission to the Moon, is working to impress upon his fellow human beings the importance of developing a sustainable civilization. Given the instant gratification, tax-and-spend culture we live in – this is, perhaps, a tall order.