Tag: space history

Dec 07 2017

45 Years Ago, The Launch Of Apollo 17

Early in the morning of December 7th, 1972, the final Apollo mission to the Moon, Apollo 17, launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center carrying Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, Harrison Schmitt to the Taurus–Littrow lunar valley. Apollo 17’s landing location and planned launch time dictated the first night launch of any manned American …

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Dec 04 2017

What I Mean When Discuss The “Cult Of SpaceX”

Here we go, the beginning of the articles I’ve been dreading writing for probably a year now. These are things I feel need to be said and no, I don’t think I’m wrong in what I say – opinions can neither be right nor wrong, after all, but I do feel the concept presented – …

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Nov 09 2017

The Flight Of Apollo 4 – 1967 NASA Film

I wrote earlier that today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 4 – the first flight of the Saturn V rocket. This mission was designed to both test the entire Saturn V, but also the Apollo Command Module. Previous Article – 50 Years Ago, The Launch Of Apollo 4 – The First …

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Nov 09 2017

50 Years Ago, The Launch Of Apollo 4 – The First Flight Of The Saturn V Rocket

At 7:00 AM Eastern Time on November 9th, 1967,  5 F-1 rocket engines, each one alone producing 1 and a half million lbs of thrust, roared to life, beginning the first flight of the most powerful machine ever built by humanity – the Saturn V rocket. The Saturn V was the machine that, if everything …

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Nov 03 2017

60 Years Ago, The Launch Of Sputnik 2 And Laika, The “Space Dog”

Today, November 3rd 2017 marks 60 years since the launch of Sputnik 2, the second satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 2 was quite different from Sputnik 1, though, and not just in that it was much heavier – while Sputnik 1 just flew around and beeped, day in, day out, for about 3 week, …

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Oct 15 2017

20 Years Ago, The Launch Of Cassini

On October 15th, 1997, a Titan IV/B lifted off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft into space for its eventual amazing mission to study the planet Saturn. This was one of the first launches of the Titan IV/B and the first flight of that particular Titan variation …

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Oct 04 2017

The Importance Of Sputnik

Earlier today I wrote my article on the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. I wasn’t quite happy with how it turned out, and thought more about it – what I really wanted to say with it. That’s when I realized it wasn’t the fact that it launched that I wanted to convey, …

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Oct 04 2017

60 Years Ago, The World Entered The Space Age – Sputnik 1

60 years ago today, on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the worlds first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, using a slightly converted intercontinental Ballistic Missile. This action shocked the United States – an enemy nation, the “backwards and primitive” Soviet Union, they had launched something into orbit before us? This, of course, couldn’t stand. …

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Aug 20 2017

40 Years Ago: The Launch Of Voyager 2

On August 20th, 1977, Voyager 2 was launched on the most powerful launch vehicle available at the time, the Titan IIIE, on a mission to explore all 4 of the gas giant outer planets, and onward to deep space. Voyager 2 was, oddly, the first of the 2 Voyager probes launched – Voyager 1 was …

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Aug 17 2017

Voyager at 40: Keep Reaching for the Stars – NASA JPL Film

The Voyager space probes, the furthest man-made objects from Earth, were launched 40 years ago this upcoming week (in the case of Voyaged 2, launched August 20th 1977 – Voyager 1 was launched later,  in September of 77), and as such NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are doing a bit of a celebration, to …

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