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Remembering the Challenger Seven

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Since the loss of STS-51L took place 30 years ago on this date in 1986 I thought I would reflect on the lives of the crew that was lost in that tragedy. These seven astronauts—including the specialties of pilot, aerospace engineers, and scientists—died in the destruction of their spacecraft 73 seconds after launch from the   …Continue Reading


The World’s First Space Rendezvous

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Fifty years ago, on December 15, 1965, Gemini VI and VII met for the first rendezvous in space. This was not NASA’s original plan. Gemini VI, commanded by Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra and piloted by Tom Stafford, was supposed to have orbited on October 25, to rendezvous and dock with an Agena target vehicle. But   …Continue Reading


Transcribing Apollo Stowage Lists With Help from Volunteers

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Apollo artifacts have begun to receive increased scrutiny in light of recent discussions about returning humans to the Moon and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo missions. What did astronauts of the 1960s and 1970s bring back from the Moon? What was left behind? And how can we verify the authenticity of any   …Continue Reading


Apollo Guidance Computer and the First Silicon Chips

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Put all your eggs in one basket—AND WATCH THAT BASKET!       – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar (1897), Chapter 15 As the Apollo program took form in the early 1960s, NASA engineers always kept the safety of their astronauts at the fore in light of the enormous risks they knew were inherent in   …Continue Reading


Pioneer Carries Message Across the Stars

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The National Air and Space Museum’s full-scale mockup of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft was recently moved to its new location in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall as a part of a major renovation to the gallery. The spacecraft includes power supplies, a large dish antenna, and several science instruments used during encounters with the   …Continue Reading