Archive for the ‘Manned Spaceflight’ Category

Set Phasers to Smash: Shuttle Enterprise Damaged In Transit

Friday, June 8th, 2012

It’s often said that when traveling, how you get where you’re going is more important more than where you end up. For the space shuttle Enterprise, its journey to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City is one no one will soon forget as much as they might want to. During its maritime transit, NASA’s first shuttle had its wing clipped.


Friday, June 8th, 2012

The biggest problem with photographing any astronomical object from the ground is that you have to look through the Earth’s atmosphere. Turbulence in the atmospheric gases can cause wobble and blurriness in your observations — it is this turbulence that causes stars to twinkle, after all.

Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Russia is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website on Friday.

Shuttle prototype Enterprise arrives in NYC

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Two retired shuttle ferry flights down, one to go.
Enterprise touched down for the last time at John F. Kennedy Airport at 11:22 a.m. today after flying low over the Statue of Liberty and up the Hudson River atop a 747 carrier aircraft.

Astronaut, cosmonauts safely return to Earth

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are back on Earth today after a high-flying departure from the International Space Station.
Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov backed a Russian Soyuz spacecraft away from the outpost about 4:18 a.m. EDT. Flying along with him: U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin.


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Around mid-November, authorities in Namibia were alerted to the discovery of a hollow sphere that had apparently crashed to Earth from space.

Photo Gallery: First, last space shuttle crews meet for ‘bookend’ photos

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The first and last astronauts to fly on the space shuttle met Nov. 2 in Houston, Texas to pose for a series of historic photographs.

Long Space Missions Can Give Astronauts Blurry Vision, Study Finds

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Sending astronauts on long space missions can affect how they see once they return to Earth, a new study reveals.

NASA Aims For 2014 Orion Test Flight At Cape

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

NASA aims to launch an early test flight of its Orion crew exploration vehicle from Cape Canaveral in 2014 to test its heat shield and other atmospheric reentry systems, officials said today.

Next Station Crew Gets “Go” For Launch

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The next crew of the International Space Station got a green light today to launch later this month on a flight delayed by an Aug. 24 Soyuz U rocket failure.

Keys’ underwater, weightless world helps prepare astronauts for a voyage to an asteroid

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

At 60 feet below the ocean’s surface, alongside coral, fish and a curious goliath grouper, NASA astronauts and scientists spent seven days testing battery-powered jet packs, booms with magnets, robotic arms on one-man subs and other ways to function in zero gravity.

NASA Says That Two iPads Are Heading For the International Space Station

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

According to NASA Public Affairs, the Russians plan to fly two iPads on the December 2011 Progress cargo mission as a replacement for the iPod they currently have on the ISS

U.S. astronaut eager for “sports car” space ride

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Veteran U.S. astronaut Daniel Burbank said on Monday he was eager to fly Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station, likening it to a sports car and NASA’s space shuttle to a big truck.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Has bacteria in astronaut poop left on the moon been genetically altered? Did solar wind and ultraviolet radiation destroy the flag at Tranquility Base, landing site for the first Apollo moon mission? Are the lunar rovers dented with micrometeoroid impacts?

The Evolution of the Spacesuit

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The main job of a spacesuit is to protect its wearer. During spacewalks, it must provide a breathable atmosphere, allow for easy movement and maintain steady communications with a spacecraft.

Russian Space Agency names next crew to ISS

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed on Monday the list of next crew members who will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on Nov. 14.

NASA Tries To Squeeze SLS Into Flat Budget

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

NASA will store some rocket engines, slow work on others and study still more as it struggles to squeeze the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) Congress has ordered into a flat, $3 billion annual budget for development.

Space Shuttle program fueled Stennis growth

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

As the Apollo space program was winding down in 1970, NASA leaders had considered closing their rocket testing operations in Hancock County.

Astronauts’ photographs from space flights and moon landing go on sale

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Many of the astronauts’ early space photographs have become extremely famous, more for their otherworldly beauty than their scientific value.
And now some are to appear in the UK’s first dedicated sale of vintage Nasa photographs

11/14 launch to space station set

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

NASA and its Russian partners have set a launch date for the next manned mission to the International Space Station that will allow the orbiting lab to avoid being temporarily abandoned.