45 Years Ago: Space Shuttle Enterprise Arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – NASA

45 Years Ago: Space Shuttle Enterprise Arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – NASA

Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter that NASA built, arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on April 10, 1979. Although not space worthy, as a pathfinder Enterprise carried out tasks critical to ensuring the success of the space shuttle program. During its four-month stay at KSC, Enterprise validated procedures for the assembly … Read more

NASA’s SERT II: ‘A Genuine Space Success Story’

NASA’s SERT II: ‘A Genuine Space Success Story’

“A genuine space success story,” is how Experiments Manager William Kerslake described NASA’s second Space Electric Rocket Test (SERT II), the first long-duration operation of ion thrusters in space. SERT II provided researchers with data for years beyond its expected lifetime and was a rare example of an entire mission – including the launch, propulsion … Read more

60 Years Ago: Gemini 1 Flies a Successful Uncrewed Test Flight – NASA

60 Years Ago: Gemini 1 Flies a Successful Uncrewed Test Flight – NASA

On April 8, 1964, Gemini 1 successfully completed the first uncrewed test flight of the Gemini spacecraft and its Titan II booster. The three-orbit mission proved the structural integrity of the spacecraft and the launch vehicle, paving the way for a second uncrewed test flight and ultimately missions with astronauts. The primary goals of Project … Read more

40 Years Ago: STS-41C, the Solar Max Repair Mission – NASA

40 Years Ago: STS-41C, the Solar Max Repair Mission – NASA

On Apr. 6, 1984, space shuttle Challenger took off on its fifth flight, STS-41C. Its five-person crew of Commander Robert L. “Crip” Crippen, Pilot Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, and Mission Specialists Terry J. “TJ” Hart, James D. “Ox” Van Hoften, and George D. “Pinky Nelson flew a seven-day mission that expanded the shuttle’s capabilities. They … Read more

Eclipses Near and Far – NASA

Eclipses Near and Far – NASA

On April 8, 2024, North America will witness its last total solar eclipse for more than twenty years. Other parts of the world will experience the rare celestial event in the coming decade. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, blocking its disk from view but … Read more

65 Years Ago: NASA Selects America’s First Astronauts – NASA

65 Years Ago: NASA Selects America’s First Astronauts – NASA

On Nov. 5, 1958, NASA, newly established to lead America’s civilian space program, formally established the Space Task Group (STG) at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, to implement one of the nation’s top priorities – to develop a spacecraft capable of sending humans into space and returning them safely to Earth. In January … Read more

US House of Representatives Columbia Accident Documents – NASA

US House of Representatives Columbia Accident Documents – NASA

The following are some of the statements made by Representatives regarding the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. PRESS RELEASEDate Released: Saturday, February 01, 2003House Science Committee Boehlert Statement on Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy WASHINGTON, D.C. —House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) today released the following statement on the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy:  “We are in … Read more

45 Years Ago: Space Shuttle Columbia Arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – NASA

45 Years Ago: Space Shuttle Columbia Arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – NASA

On March 24, 1979, space shuttle Columbia arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the very first time. Following Presidential direction to build the space shuttle in 1972, Congress quickly approved and funded the program later that year. Construction of the first orbital vehicle, later named Columbia, began in 1975. Four years later, Columbia … Read more