Sally Ride, First U.S. Woman in Space, Dies

Sally Ride, the first U.S. women to enter space, died in Calif. at the age of 61 after a 17-month-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sally Ride Dead; First American Woman in Space Was 61

By NED POTTER Sally Ride Recalls ‘Spectacular View’ of Earth From Orbit

The first American woman astronaut remembers […]

NASA Transports Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York

On Friday, April 27 Enterprise, the first NASA space shuttle was transported atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft from Dulles International Airport, near Washington, D.C. to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Enterprise eventually will be displayed at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Though Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter never […]

Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA, Russian Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin were greeted in a traditional ceremony at the airport in Kustanai, Kazakhstan on April 27, 2012, hours after landing in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan. After the ceremony, the crew split up, with Shkaplerov […]

How We Nearly Lost Discovery – Wayne Hale

Now that Discovery is safely delivered to the Smithsonian, I think I can tell the story of how we nearly lost her in July of 2005, and how well intentioned, highly motivated,  hard working, smart people can miss the most obvious.

It’s tough to know people who have died.  Many of us knew the […]

Space Shuttle Discovery Departs KSC to Dulles Smithsonian

The Space Shuttle Discovery makes its historic final flight April 17, 2012

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SCA Carrying Discovery Departs KSC (KSC-2012-2375) The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft transporting space shuttle Discovery to its new home flies over the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The duo took off from Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing […]

NASAs Orion Moves Closer to Next Giant Leap

In two years, human space exploration will make its biggest leap in more than four decades.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems will conduct the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, in 2014 under contract to NASA. NASA is acquiring the EFT-1 test data for Orion design and development. Lockheed Martin is responsible for performing the flight […]

Newsvine – Glenn marks 50 years since historic orbit of Earth

COLUMBUS — John Glenn, who launched into orbit for his historic spaceflight 50 years ago, was “no ordinary pilot,” fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong said Monday at a gala marking the anniversary.

Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, said there was a need for leadership in the space program and Glenn “literally rose […]

SLS Boosters Raise Hope For Kerosene

By Frank Morring, Jr. Washington

Advanced kerosene-fueled rocket engines will be a serious subtext this week when launch-industry representatives gather for briefings on NASA’s plans to compete the strap-on boosters for its next heavy-lift rocket.

The Space Launch System (SLS) needs new boosters to meet the 130-metric-ton capability that Congress has ordered. While NASA is […]

ULA chief urges NASA to get moving

Stop spending on likely losing bidders, Gass says Written by Ledyard King | FLORIDA TODAY

Michael Gass, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance, speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday. / Ledyard King/GANNETT

WASHINGTON — The head of the joint venture vying to be part of the effort to deliver NASA astronauts to the International […]

Former Senators Sign on as Lobbyists for Space Company

Former U.S. senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) are part of a team of Patton Boggs lobbyists advocating for a commercial space transportation company, according to paperwork filed with Congress on Thursday.

The former senators and three of their Patton colleagues represent Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. They […]