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News Archive / Tagged: Space Shuttle Columbia

  • 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 […]

  • Opinion: Mars One – Our destiny in space or an Insane pipe dream?

    Collin SkocikMay 11th, 2014

      Mars One is a non-profit foundation formed in 2011 with the intention of establishing the first human settlement on the planet Mars. This is not a fly-by-night operation; it is a serious endeavor founded by intelligent and capable experts who have researched the feasibility and the risks and are prepared to launch a one-way […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: international cooperation with SpaceLab

    Heather SmithApril 26th, 2014

    On this day in 1993, the crew of STS-55 launched aboard space shuttle Columbia with the German payload SpaceLab demonstating the team’s abiliy for international cooperation and scientific research.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-1- The start of a new era

    NASAApril 12th, 2014

    On this day in 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia stood on launch Pad 39A, two astronauts sat strapped into their seats on the flight deck preparing its maiden launch of the program – STS-1. 

  • 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 […]

  • Opinion: What happened to Charlie Bolden?

    Collin SkocikMarch 30th, 2014

    Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. is one of NASA’s most accomplished astronauts. A former Marine Naval Aviator and test pilot, Bolden was selected as an astronaut in 1980. He served as astronaut safety officer and was the first astronaut to ride the slide wire escape system from the launch pad. Since he became NASA […]

  • Supermassive black hole spins more than half of light’s speed

    James TuttenMarch 10th, 2014

    Astronomers have measured the rotational speed of a distant black hole for the first time thanks to the combined efforts of two orbiting X-ray telescopes, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) XMM-Newton, aided by the unique alignment with a large elliptical galaxy providing a visual boost.

  • Interview with NASA frequent flyer and Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee – Jerry Ross

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 12th, 2014

    After the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs ended, the public pretty much lost track of who was who in the astronaut corps. The shuttle program was amazing, but with frequent missions and seven astronauts going up at once, there have been too many for people to know or remember.  By the end of the Shuttle program, two […]

  • 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

    Jason RhianFebruary 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Two space shuttle veterans have been tapped to enter into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHoF). The announcement was made on Feb. 7 at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The duo selected to enter the AHoF included the first astronaut to […]

  • Opinion: Dream Chaser malfunction reveals failings of NewSpace supporters, New Media

    Jason RhianNovember 3rd, 2013

    Last week on Saturday, October 26,  the Engineering Test Article (ETA) of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft conducted its first free flight test. Most of the mission was a complete success. However, the final leg of the mission encountered problems, and in so doing openly displayed how the company, its supporters and NASA handled […]