Mission Monday: Space flight tragedies

Space Exploration takes courage, tenacity, and innovation. Tragically, it has also claimed the lives of three brave crews. In this Mission Monday, we are going to look back at these missions and the heroic astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice for space exploration. Apollo 1 – Jan. 27, 1967 Gus

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Astronaut Doug Hurley

Astronaut Friday: Doug Hurley

Today’s featured astronaut is a veteran of two spaceflights. He piloted both STS-127 and STS-135, logging over 27 days, and traveling greater than 11 million miles, in space to date. Prior to his selection by NASA in 2000, Doug Hurley was a fighter pilot and test pilot for the U.S.

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Astronaut Friday: Kalpana Chawla

This week we are remembering NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who lost her life in the Columbia disaster. Chawla, who was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994, logged a total of 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. The certified flight instructor and aerospace engineer flew two

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Astronaut Chris Ferguson in space

Astronaut Friday: Chris Ferguson

This week, our featured astronaut is a veteran of three spaceflights, a TOPGUN pilot, and a Commercial Crew astronaut: retired NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson! He's logged 5,700 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft, and he's racked up more than 40 days in space. He was the pilot on

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Eric Boe

Astronaut Friday: Eric Boe

We’ve reached the end of the week and that means we are back at it highlighting another awesome astronaut! This week’s featured explorer is Eric Boe, who was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2000. Boe is a veteran of two spaceflights, serving as pilot for both STS-126 and

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Astronaut Friday: Ellen Ochoa

This week we are featuring retired astronaut and NASA Johnson Space Center Director (JSC), Ellen Ochoa. A veteran of four shuttle flights (STS-56, STS-66, STS-96 and STS-110), Ochoa has logged nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. She is also the first Hispanic woman to fly in space. Ochoa actually joined NASA

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Bob Behnken portrait

Astronaut Friday: Bob Behnken

Today’s astronaut feature celebrates Bob Behnken, a veteran of two shuttle flights. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000, he has logged more than 708 hours in space and performed six spacewalks. Behnken, who served as NASA’s Chief Astronaut from July 2012 to July 2015, flew STS-123 in 2008 and

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Nicole Mann gives thumbs up

Astronaut Friday: Nicole Mann

Today’s featured astronaut has not yet traveled to space, but she’s no stranger to flight. Nicole Mann is a relatively new astronaut recruit. She was selected by NASA six years ago, but she began her flying career in 2004. She served as a combat pilot overseas in support of Operations

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Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan in astronaut training.

Astronaut Friday: Barbara Morgan

Today’s featured astronaut flew to space only once but has logged over 305 hours in orbit. She is one of NASA’s first Educator Astronauts. Who is she? Barbara Morgan. Before she was an astronaut, Morgan was a teacher. She began her teaching career in 1974 at Arlee Elementary School on

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Astronaut Friday: Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, becoming the first person to walk on the Moon. The man who said, “Every human has a finite number of heartbeats,” spent absolutely no time wasting any of his. Armstrong’s pioneering step is still regarded as one of the

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