Forty Years of Voyager

Voyager 2 was launched forty years ago today, August 20, 1977 to begin the highly successful outer planet and deep space Voyager missions.  Sixteen days later, on September 5, Voyager 1 was launched.  Both vehicles were launched on a Titan IIIE with a Centaur upper stage. Voyager 1 is now the spacecraft furthest away from […]

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Remembering Soyuz 11

  Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev, the crew of Soyuz 11 were the first crew to occupy a space station, Soyuz 1.  Launched on June 7, 1971, they docked the same day for the start of a 22 day stay on the station, setting a space endurance record.  On board, they conducted various […]

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Pollinator Week

June 19-25 is Pollinator Week and a time to celebrate all the butterflies, moths, wasps, flies and even bees that pollinate plants around the world.  They bring us beauty and food, so take a little time to stop and watch them at work.  They’re not hard to find, just find some wildflowers – you probably […]

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A Year Between EVAs

America’s first two spacewalk missions launched a year apart, June 3, 1965 for Gemini 4 and June 3, 1966 for Gemini 9.  Between the quickly prepared EVA for Gemini 4 and the long-planned EVA for Gemini 9, NASA had a busy year from Gemini 5’s first long-duration mission of 8 days, the rescheduled Gemini 6 […]

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Remembering Skylab

May 14, 1973, SA-513, the last Saturn V was launched.  Instead of the usual third stage and Apollo spacecraft, the payload was the first US space station, Skylab.  Built from a Saturn IB upper stage, S-IV-B 214, Skylab would have a spacious workshop area, telescope mount, multiple docking adapter and large solar panels for power. […]

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