Tag Archives: NASA

Immediate Outcomes from the Columbia Accident in 2003


The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003, signaled the beginning of an important policy debate about the future of human spaceflight. NASA grounded the shuttle fleet, appropriately so, at the time of the accident, but wanted to return … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003?


NASA personnel and leaders had a celebration planned on February 1, 2003, for the return of Columbia and its crew after the successful completion of STS-107. STS-107 had been launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on January … Continue reading

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Recalling the Challenger Accident Thirty Years Ago


Thirty years ago on January 28, 1986, NASA and the nation suffered loss of the space shuttle Challenger during launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Many Americans had been excited about this mission, even more than those that had gone before, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Antarctic Destinies”


Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton, and the Changing Face of Heroism. By Stephanie Barczewski. London, UK: Hambledon Continuum, 2007. I have been interested in Antarctic exploration for many years and have read a broad range of books. Antarctic Destinies is focused … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Single Stage to Orbit”


Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry. By Andrew J. Butrica. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). Andrew Butrica’s book, while more than a decade old, is still germane to the current space … Continue reading

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Remembering a Great Adventure: The First Circumlunar Mission


After a piloted orbital mission to test the Apollo equipment in October 1968, on December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 took off atop a Saturn V booster from the Kennedy Space Center with three astronauts aboard—Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr., … Continue reading

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Great Picture of the Earth from Saturn


This is very cool. This is a rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and a faint hint of the Moon. Note the arrow pointing … Continue reading

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Recalling the First Rendezvous in Space


It seems hard to believe but 50 years ago the first rendezvous in space took place in December 1965 when Gemini VI and Gemini VII met in orbit. Those were heady times; the U.S. was on the way to the Moon and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Picturing the Cosmos”


Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime. By Elizabeth A. Kessler. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Abbreviations, acknowledgments, notes, illustrations, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-8166-7957-7. Paperback, $29.95 USD. There is no astronomical instrument better known worldwide … Continue reading

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Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #18


The next Space Policy and History Forum takes place on December 1, 2015, and will feature Michael Meyer, the Mars Exploration Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters, presenting “Astrobiology in Action.” Please note that this forum will be held at the Applied Physics Laboratory, not … Continue reading

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