Category Archives: Space Shuttle

The Long Path to Space Tourism


Despite its recent visibility in the United States with the efforts of Virgin Galactic to build a suborbital vehicle, space tourism is hardly a recent concept. Mention of the idea goes back to the beginning of the twentieth century, and … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Up Close with Shuttle Discovery”


I recently spoke with Peggy Mihelich, MemberCentral Program Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about the Space Shuttle Discovery on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. … Continue reading

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A Chronology of Key Space Anniversaries for 2014


There are many anniversaries every year, some truly significant and others of a more mundane nature. What follows is a short chronology of anniversaries taking place in 2014 relating to the spaceflight community. It is not an exhaustive list, but … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: My Appearance on the Space Show


Last Friday, November 29, 2013, I was a guest on the Space Show talking about the Space Shuttle, my new edited work on this subject, and other space history issues. The book, Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What … Continue reading

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Publication of My New Co-Edited Book: “Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned”


Announcing the publication of Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, October 2013). It is available here. The book includes these chapters: Defining the Shuttle: The Spaceplane Tradition, Roger D. Launius Designing the … Continue reading

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Was NASA Serious about Trying to Rescue Skylab?


On the May 19, 1979, episode of Saturday Night Live, the path-breaking comedy program that everyone who was anyone watched, John Belushi played a science commentator for “Weekend Update,” its faux news segment. Belushi began with a staid report on … Continue reading

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Video: The Space Program Under Presidents Nixon and Ford


On Jun 13, 2013, John Logsdon, George Washington University; William Barry, NASA Chief Historian; and I participated in a set of presentations on “The Space Program Under Presidents Nixon and Ford.” The video of the presentations is available here. Enjoy!

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Event Announcement: The Space Program under Presidents Nixon and Ford


All are invited to the open forum at noon on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Roger Launius, senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope”


Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. By Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, with Jeffrey Zaslow. New York: Scribner, 2011. hardcover, 320 pp., illus. ISBN 978-1-4516-6106-4. USD $26.99. Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are a “power couple.” Giffords was a … Continue reading

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Redirect: “The Impact of Sally Ride’s Contributions in Space and Education”


On Friday, May 17, 2013, we held at the National Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C., a wonderful program on Sally Ride and her place in the history of spaceflight and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. … Continue reading

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