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News Archive / Tagged: STS-31

  • Untethered: Humanity’s first free flying astronaut, Bruce McCandless, passes away aged 80

    Jason RhianDecember 22nd, 2017

    The first person to conduct a free, untethered spacewalk, Bruce McCandless II, has passed away at the age of 80. McCandless was a naval aviator and the son of a U.S. Medal of Honor recipient who served as the CAPCOM when Neil Armstrong successfully placed humanity’s first footprints on the Moon and who helped redefine what it was believed astronauts can do.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Our Eyes are Opened

    Heather SmithApril 25th, 2014

    On this day in 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed by the crew of STS-31.

  • 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 […]