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News Archive / Tagged: Skylab

  • Astronaut Owen K. Garriott passes away aged 88

    Joe LatrellApril 15th, 2019

    Skylab and Space Shuttle veteran Owen K. Garriott died Monday at age 88 in his home in Huntsville Alabama. The news was released by Garriott’s family to the Association of Space Explorers.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Skylab 1, America’s first space station

    Jason RhianMay 14th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Lifting off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 1:37 p.m. EDT (16:37 GMT), Skylab 1, the United States’ first space station, was launched forty-two years ago today on May 14, 1973. The scientific and observational platform would remain on orbit for a little more than six years, falling […]

  • OPINION: NASA Needs to add some ‘weight’ to spaceflight

    Collin SkocikNovember 30th, 2014

    It has long been known that microgravity takes a toll on the human body. Muscles atrophy, the eyes are subjected to increased intracranial pressure, bones lose mass. A prolonged period in weightlessness may result in permanent bone loss and make it difficult to survive in Earth’s gravity. Yet although a number of plans have been proposed […]

  • Bruce McCandless, Capcom for Apollo 11, visits Kennedy Space Center, discusses historic mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 21st, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Bruce McCandless II was on site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this week. McCandless served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the first lunar spacewalk.

  • Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies from complications following surgery

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 17th, 2014

    Spaceflight Insider has received a report from former shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane, USAF Colonel (ret.) that fellow former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield has passed away from complications following a recent back surgery. Hartsfield served as Mullane’s mission Commander on STS-41D. Hartsfield was known as a quiet, highly-skilled pilot who helped prepare fellow astronauts for their […]

  • 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 […]

  • NASA’s Tektite II undersea habitat: An interview with aquanaut & engineer Peggy Lucas Bond

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 9th, 2013

    Tektite was the name given to an undersea project funded by NASA from 1969-70. Tektites are impact glasses formed by large meteorite impacts, and the Tektite habitat was named after these shiny fused bits of material that were seen at the bottom of the ocean. The habitat was located off the coast of St. John, in the […]

  • ISON vs. Kohoutek, “Comet of the Century”

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 18th, 2013

    Today, NASA released this stunning Hubble photo of Comet ISON, showing its nucleus fully intact. Its form is looking good as it heads closer to us, with its closest pass by our Sun on November 28. So far, there are no signs of the nucleus fragmenting or disintegrating. Time will tell how spectacular ISON’s show […]