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  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: 50 years since Gemini XII

    Collin SkocikNovember 11th, 2016

    On Nov. 11, 1966 – 50 years ago – the final flight of NASA’s historic Project Gemini lifted off from Launch Complex 19 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Commander Jim Lovell and pilot Buzz Aldrin spent three days pushing the program farther than it had ever been before and conducted the first completely successful extravehicular activity.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: MOL program honored on 50th anniversary

    Jason RhianNovember 4th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum honored the 50th anniversary of the Air Force’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory program at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2016. The event took place at the Gemini capsule's display in the museum’s Schriever Room. MOL marked an ambitious period in human space flight, a time before satellites were the preferred method of orbital reconnaissance.

  • Authors discuss Spaceshots & Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini

    Jason RhianJune 13th, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — J.L. Pickering and John Bisney have been interested in the space program since the massive Saturn V booster was causing windows to tremble along Florida’s Space Coast decades ago. Pickering has been an avid professional collector of space photos – for nearly that same amount of time. The duo have partnered to […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Virgil I. ‘Gus’ Grissom – After Shepard, before Glenn

    Jason RhianApril 3rd, 2015

    On April 3, 1926, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom – one of the original “7” Mercury astronauts – was born. Unlike Alan Shepard, who became the United States’ first astronaut in space, or John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, Grissom straddled the divide between the former’s suborbital hop and the latter’s three orbits. Grissom’s legacy […]

  • 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: Gemini IV launches

    Heather SmithJune 3rd, 2014

    On this day in 1965, a  Titan II rocket carrying Gemini astronauts James McDivitt and Edward White launched from Complex 19 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The four day spaceflight was an attempt to overcome the flight of the Soviet Union’s Vostok 5. The highlight of the mission was the first spacewalk (EVA) by an American, […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The time of the Twins begins

    Jason RhianApril 8th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second of NASA’s three programs which achieved the goal of landing men on the Moon, Gemini, started on this day in 1964. NASA launched the first, unmanned test article of its Gemini spacecraft on April 8, 1964. Launched atop a Titan II ICBM, the Gemini 1 capsule lifted off from Cape […]

  • NASA Dryden Center renaming ceremony set for May 13

    Jason RhianApril 2nd, 2014

    In a little over a month, a turning point will occur at one of NASA’s most iconic facilities. On Tuesday May 13, 2014 a special ceremony will be held to change the name of Dryden Flight Research Center – to Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in honor of Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to […]