Wayne Hale, who works for NASA, writes How We Nearly Lost Discovery. What you probably don’t know is that a side note in a final briefing before Discovery’s flight pointed out that the large chunk of foam that brought down … Read More
The video, shot by Steven Virostek as he and his wife watched the launch, is particularly chilling as it mixes the official announcer’s “Obviously a major malfunction” with the voices of the observers. Although we eventually resumed shuttle flights, this … Read More
Today Atlantis will liftoff around 11:30 AM as the last NASA shuttle flight ever. You (but not me, unfortunately) can watch it live on streaming video. And so ends the US manned space program.
I don’t expect you to understand, but I find these photos showing NASA disassembling the shuttles as part of their retirement to be incredibly sad.
Twenty-five years ago word went around the place I worked that something terrible had happened to the Challenger space shuttle. Someone grabbed the television that the training folks had to play video tapes and jury-rigged an antenna and all of … Read More