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  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The Journey Begins

    Heather SmithJuly 16th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, on July 16, 1969, three astronauts were launched aboard a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of Apollo 11 was the start of NASA’s first attempt to land men on the Moon. It would mark the beginning of a brief period in time, when humanity walked on […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: the legacy and milestones of Skylab

    Heather SmithJuly 11th, 2014

    Thirty-five years ago today on July 11, 1979, Skylab reentered the Earth’s atmosphere after nearly six years in orbit above our world. Skylab was the first U.S. manned space station to be sent aloft. It was designed to house three crew members per mission and proved that humans could live and work in outer space […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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…”

  • John Houbolt, the man who made the Moonlandings possible, dead at 95

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2014

    Recently, as the world turned its attention to the launching of a rocket into low-Earth-orbit – a man who’s determination allowed men to set foot on the Moon faded quietly into history. John Cornelius Houbolt, passed away on April 15, 2014 – he was 95. His work during the “Space Race” was as insightful as it […]

  • Opinion: Despite Boozer’s claims NewSpace needs NASA

    Jason RhianMarch 2nd, 2014

    It’s been stated firms which benefit from NASA, would be wise to tamp down the “defund NASA” rhetoric which comes out of the NewSpace movement’s base. It appears some among them are starting to realize that, given the fact their “chosen” launch vehicles and spacecraft are funded primarily by NASA – it might be a good idea to not […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo – Setting the stage(s)

    Sara HowardMarch 2nd, 2014

    Everything we use today that has a motor or engine has to be tested. All the parts are manufactured in different places and then delivered to an assembly plant where they are put together. The two most familiar items are cars and airplanes. However, it was the same with the stages and modules of the […]

  • 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.

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]

  • The Apollo 13 invoice…

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 8th, 2013

    In April 1970, LIFE Magazine dispatched photographer Bill Eppridge to the Lovell residence in Houston. Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, the husband and father of the household, was currently stranded aboard a crippled spacecraft a quarter of a million miles away.

  • Kickstarter campaign fights back ignorance about Apollo lunar landings

    Jason RhianDecember 8th, 2013

    Sometimes you just have to shake your head. “We never landed on the Moon!” This, has been the rallying cry for a misbegotten group of individuals since mankind’s greatest achievement in the late 60s and early 70s. The “hoaxers” have no problem with assailing national heroes and distorting reality to diminish mankind’s greatest accomplishment. We’re […]