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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 | 1961-05-25 | Kennedy’s Vision: The Moon

May 25, 1961 – Washington, D.C. –  In a speech to a joint session of Congress, John F. Kennedy outlines his vision for American Human Spaceflight, and gives us a goal – that before this decade is out, to land … Continue reading

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Space History | 1963-05-16 | End of Project Mercury – Launch Site Photos

May 16, 1963 – Today Gordon Cooper’s Faith 7 Capsule was recovered Southeast of Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean, officially ending the Mercury program. Here are some recent photos of Launch Complex 14, where all of the Mercury-Atlas were … Continue reading

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Space History | 1963-05-15 | Final Flight of Project Mercury

May 15 1963 – Mercury-Atlas 9, carrying NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper in his Faith 7 capsule, was rocketed into orbit by an Atlas booster. The launch took place where all the Mercury-Atlas rockets were launched – Space Launch Complex 14 … 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 | 2002-05-12 | Russian Shuttle Buran Destroyed

May 12 2002 Kazakhstan – The Russian equivalent of the NASA Space Shuttle, called the “Buran,” was destroyed. The Buran was stored in a hangar in Kazakhstan. On May 12 2002, that hangar collapsed unexpectedly, killing eight people and destroying the … Continue reading

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Space History 1961-05-05 – First American Astronaut in Space

May 5, 1961 – Alan Shepard, in his Freedom 7 capsule, was launched from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 5 as the first U.S. man in space as part of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission. MR-3 was the first manned mission … 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 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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