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The First Space Shuttle

NASA In this image from April 12, 1981, the first space shuttle, STS-1, launches from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with NASA astronauts John W. Young, commander, and Robert L. Crippen, pilot, aboard. STS-1 was meant to demonstrate a safe launch into orbit and a safe return of the orbiter and crew, as well […]

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NASA Administrator Pays Tribute to Space Pioneer Thomas Stafford 

(1966) — Portrait of astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, wearing his spacesuit. Credits: NASA The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Monday’s passing of Thomas Stafford, a lifelong space exploration advocate, former NASA astronaut, and U.S. Air Force general:  “Today, General Tom Stafford went to the eternal heavens, which he so courageously […]

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Apollo 9 Crew Comes Home

NASA Fifty-five years ago today, NASA astronauts James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart splashed down 4.5 nautical miles from the USS Guadalcanal, concluding a successful 10-day Earth-orbital mission in space. In this image from March 13, 1969, a recovery helicopter hovers above the Apollo 9 spacecraft; the astronauts were still inside […]