Monthly Archives: April 2012

Space History 2012-04-27 – Final Flight of Space Shuttle ENTERPRISE

April 27, 2012 – Washington D.C. – One final flight today for the Shuttle ENTERPRISE (pictured at Smithsonian). ENTERPRISE was used for the Approach and Landing Tests (ALT), but never flew into space. It was also used for Pad fit-checks … Continue reading

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Space History 1990-04-24 – The Hubble Space Telescope Launched

April 24, 1990 – Space Shuttle DISCOVERY launches on the STS-31 mission, deploying the Edwin P. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) astronomical observatory. Hubble was placed into the correct orbit, but had operational problems that caused imaging troubles. Fortunately, the Hubble … Continue reading

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Space History 1967-04-23 Remembering the First In-Flight Tragedy

April 23, 1967 – Soviet Union launches Soyuz 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying Cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir M. Komarov. The launch was the first time the Soyuz spacecraft was used, and that mission came on the heels of the American’s … Continue reading

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Space History 1981-04-12 – First Space Shuttle Mission STS-1

April 12, 1981 – The Beginning of an Era. The first manned mission of the Space Transportation System (STS-1) COLUMBIA is launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The successful launch thrilled millions, and it was the first time … Continue reading

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Space History 1970-04-11 – Launch of Apollo 13, and Overcoming Overwhelm

April 11, 1970 – Apollo 13 is launched from Kennedy Space Center with the crew of  James A. Lovell, Jr. (CDR), John L. Swigert, Jr. (CMP) and Fred W. Haise, Jr. (LMP). The Moon landing mission was aborted during trans-lunar cruise … Continue reading

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Space History 1983-04-04 – First Flight of Shuttle CHALLENGER, STS-6

April 4, 1983 – First Flight of the Space Shuttle CHALLENGER, STS-6 CHALLENGER is perhaps best known for the way it was lost during its STS-51-L mission on January 28th, 1986. Having just passed MaxQ (point of maximum aerodynamic pressure), the … Continue reading

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