Category Archives: Space Race Memorabilia

Space History | 1973-05-25 | First Skylab Crew Launched

May 25, 1973 – First crew to Skylab are launched, repairing damage incurred to Skylab during its launch (the Skylab Orbital Laboratory was launched on May 14, 1973). The Skylab II (the first manned mission to Skylab, also called SL-2) … Continue reading

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Space History | 1973-05-14 | Launch of Skylab

May 14, 1973 – The Skylab orbital laboratory was launched from Kennedy Space Center. Skylab was launched unmanned from Space Launch Complex 39A on a modified Saturn V rocket. Skylab would be visited by three crews from 1973 to 1974. … Continue reading

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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 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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Over 10,000 hits on SpaceRaceLeadership Blog… Thanks!

10,000+ Hits! In just over a year we’ve had 10,000 hits. Readers have come looking for Leadership Lessons from the Space Race and for Space Race History. We also have  great space photos (including pads at Kennedy Space Center as … Continue reading

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Space Race Quiz ANSWER- How many have flown on a Saturn V?

Space Race Quiz ANSWER – How Many Astronauts have Flown on a Saturn V Rocket? This was the most challenging quiz yet. Even experienced students of space history seem to get this one wrong. Most people answer either 30 or … Continue reading

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Space Race Quiz – How many have flown on a Saturn V?

Space Race Quiz – Warning: Extremely Challenging The Saturn V rocket was the workhorse of the Apollo program, with the power to take men and their machines from Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center to Earth orbit and to … Continue reading

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Space History 1965-03-23 – First U.S. Multi-Astronaut Mission, Gemini III

March 23, 1965 –  Gemini III Mission, The First U.S. Manned Gemini Mission The Gemini III mission was the first manned flight of the Gemini program. Astronauts Grissom and Young flew into orbit from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 19 atop … Continue reading

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Space History 1965-03-18 – 1st Spacewalk and Near-Death Experience

March 18, 1965 –  Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov – First Spacewalk, Voskhod 2 flight Looking back on history we have the perspective of knowing how the Space Race all turned out. We know that the U.S. won the race to the … Continue reading

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