The first full scale flight test of Dream Chaser was conducted on 26 October, 2013 at Edwards Air Force, California. The unmanned gliding test was hailed by SNC as a success. Except for that skidding off the runway part.
The fun loving folks at the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said their robot named “The Jade Rabbit” had phoned home.
If being the second American and third man to orbit the Earth wasn’t enough. Scott Carpenter became part of NASA history when he said “Godspeed John Glenn” as Glenn’s orbital flight cleared the tower.
Felix Baumgartner took a small step today and fell 128,000 feet. Thus breaking Joe Kittinger’s 52 year record for the highest sky dive in history.
After a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Astronaut Sally Ride died on 23 July, 2012.
Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 (STS-7, Challenger) became the first American woman in space.She was 32 at the time which also made her the youngest astronaut.
For the first time since Atlantis in July 2011, an American spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). Privately built by SPACEX, the Dragon spacecraft completed a three day unmanned mission to the ISS delivering over a ton of supplies.
Construction has begun on the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle. Orion was originally part of the Constellation System that would have taken American Astronauts back to the Moon and even Mars. The Obama administration killed Constellation but then reversed itself to retool Orion into the Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will deliver crew and supplies [...]
ISS is the International Space Station. For the last 160 billion dollars the Space Station has been “International”. The United States, Russia, Europe, Canada and even Japan have worked together to design and build this permanent presence in orbit around the Earth. In 2012, the last addition (from Russia) will go up and complete the construction.
The Shuttle Discovery is on the launch pad and will make its 39th trip into space in about an hour. It will be the last flight of the spacecraft that holds the all time world record for space travel. When she lands the Discovery will have: 1. Flown 143 million miles. 2. Had 246 people [...]
As the solar winds die down to zero, the spacecraft Voyager leaves the Solar system and becomes the first man made machine to enter interstellar space. This event has happened last June. Or it might happen within four years. Things get sketchy way out there.