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Return to Earth

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Forty-six years ago this month, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins arrived back at the Johnson Spacecraft Center (MSC) in Houston, Texas following their epic journey to and safe return from the Moon. Following splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, 24 July,… Read More

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The Eagle Has Landed

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Forty-six years ago today, the United States of America safely landed two men on the surface of the Moon. This astounding technical achievement remains unmatched by any other sovereign nation in the history of mankind. The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle landed in Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon… Read More

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Leaving Earth

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Forty-six years ago this week, the epic flight of Apollo 11, the first mission to land men on the Moon, began with launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at Merritt Island, Florida. Nearly 1-million people gathered around America’s famous space complex to witness the historic event. An estimated 1-billion… Read More

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Noisy Bird

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Sixty years ago this month, the USAF/Republic XF-84H experimental turboprop fighter took to the air on its maiden flight. The test sortie was flown at Edwards Air Force Base with Republic test pilot Henry G. “Hank” Beaird, Jr. at the controls. The XF-84H was an experimental variant of Republic Aviation’s… Read More

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Hustling to Mach Two

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Fifty-eight years ago today, the USAF/Convair XB-58A (S/N 55-660) Hustler first attained its double-sonic design airspeed when it was flown to Mach 2.03 at an altitude of 43,250 feet. This historic achievement took place at Edwards Air Force Base on the type’s 24th test flight. The mission totaled 1 hour… Read More

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High Flight

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Eleven years ago this week, Scaled Composite’s SpaceShipOne flew to an altitude of 62.214 statute miles. The flight marked the first time that a privately-developed flight vehicle had flown above the 62-statute mile boundary that entitles the flight crew to FAI-certified astronaut wings. As a result, SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill… Read More

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Skystreak Swan Song

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Sixty-two years ago this month, NACA test pilot A. Scott Crossfield piloted the United States Navy/Douglas D-558-I Skystreak transonic research aircraft on the last of 230 flights. The type’s final test flight was flown on Wednesday, 10 June 1953 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Flight near and beyond the… Read More

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Midair! Midair! Midair!

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Forty-nine years ago today, XB-70A Valkyrie Air Vehicle No. 2 (62-0207) and a NASA F-104N Starfighter (N813NA) were destroyed following a midair collision near Bartsow, CA. USAF Major Carl S. Cross and NASA Chief Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker perished in the tragedy. On Wednesday, 08 June 1966, XB-70A Valkyrie… Read More

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First American Spacewalk

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Fifty years ago today, Astronaut Edward H. White II became the first American to walk in space. Known in official NASA parlance as an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA), White’s space feat took place during the historic 4-day mission of Gemini IV. White, Mission Commander James A. McDivitt and their Gemini… Read More

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Man in the Arena

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Fifty-three years ago this month, Mercury Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times aboard his Aurora 7 Mercury spacecraft. In doing so, Carpenter became the second American to reach Earth orbit. Project Mercury was America’s first manned spaceflight program. A total of six (6) flights took place between… Read More

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