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News Archive / Tagged: Skywalking

  • Skywalking: STS-68 preflight – getting ready for Space Radar Lab 2

    Tom JonesOctober 17th, 2015

    Throughout our training syllabus, we were guided through the frantic schedule of classes and simulator sessions by our training team. Without their expertise, we would never have been ready in time for our planned Aug. 18 launch date.

  • Skywalking: Four Hairballs head for space–STS-68

    Tom JonesSeptember 20th, 2015

    Since July 1990, the 23 members of Astronaut Group XIII had studied and trained together for their ultimate challenge in space. They all wanted to be the first in their class to fly, but they knew it would take a couple of years to get every Hairball into orbit – flying a couple rookies, at most, with every shuttle mission.

  • Skywalking: Food for thought… just before liftoff

    Tom JonesSeptember 19th, 2015

    In a tradition dating back to Alan Shepard’s first U.S. spaceflight in 1961, astronauts are served a favorite meal before suiting up and heading to the launch pad – and into space.