STS-71 launched 24 years ago today. The mission marked the beginning of a new collaborative effort to live and work in space through the Shuttle-Mir program. A precursor to the International Space Station (ISS), the Shuttle-Mir missions sought to gain experience with longer duration spaceflights. The information gathered from these
Apollo 10 was the fourth crewed mission in the Apollo Program and the second mission to orbit the Moon. The mission served as a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing the components and procedures. It encompassed all aspects of an actual crewed lunar landing, except the landing. The
Imagine you are in a spacecraft orbiting the Earth. Now, imagine you open the hatch door and look down. There is nothing below you. There has only been one person before you that has done what you are about to do. You take a breath. You take a step. You
Before the world was captivated by landing on the moon, it was transfixed with a landing in Paris. Charles Lindbergh wasn’t the first to fly across the Atlantic, but he was the first to make the non-stop transatlantic flight alone, propelling him into aviation history. On May 20,
58 years ago, Alan Shepard was launched into history aboard a Mercury Redstone rocket (originally used by the U.S. Army for missiles), becoming the first American astronaut in space. On May 5, 1961, Shepard rocketed into space inside his Freedom 7 capsule. The sub-orbital flight, which lasted just over 15
Apollo 10 set the stage for Neil Armstrong’s historic steps on the Moon. It did so with a bit of a twist, flying to the lunar rendezvous aboard Charlie Brown and coming within eight nautical miles of the Moon’s surface in Snoopy. Find out more about this dress rehearsal mission
29 years ago today, the Hubble Space Telescope launched aboard STS-31. Almost immediately, it changed how we see and understand our universe. It’s namesake, Edwin Hubble, utilized the largest telescope of his day to discover new galaxies. The space telescope has done exactly as Hubble did, discovering galaxies beyond our own.
Talons may seem like just another jet, but they have played a unique role in aviation and human spaceflight history. In fact, astronauts have a deep respect for the T-38. Why? Because before astronauts flew the shuttle, they practiced with a T-38. Talon Park at the entrance to Space Center