On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier flying the X-1 at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 m)over the Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert. On the ground, no one had ever heard a sonic boom before. It rattled the photographs of the … Continue reading
Eileen Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force colonel who became the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle. On February 3, 1995, Collins piloted the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of mission STS-63. … Continue reading
Celebrities and politicians alike share their stories about where they were and what they were doing on July 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 spaceflight became the first mission to successfully land humans on the moon. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent about two and a half hours … Continue reading
Executive director of Pride at Work, a nonprofit organization that aims to seek full equality for LGBT workers, thanks late astronaut Sally Ride. Ride revealed through her obituary that she had maintained a secret relationship with Tam O’Shaunghnessy, an educator and childhood friend of Ride’s, for twenty-seven years. O’Shaughnessy is … Continue reading
Footage from the viewing area at the Kennedy Space Center of the Space Shuttle Atlantis’s final launch into space, which took place on July 8, 2011. Atlantis was the last of four space shuttles made for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and the orbiter successfully brought supplies to the International Space Station.
Did you dream of becoming an astronaut growing up? This video footage captures the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011 from inside the shuttle. The mission, known as STS 135, was the last of Atlantis’s 33 missions and the final mission of the United States Space Shuttle … Continue reading