Heroes and Legends at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex remembers the efforts of early space pioneers from the Mercury and Gemini programs. The grand opening on 11 November 2016 brought out many living heroes and legends from the Astronaut Hall of Fame to take part in opening this major new edition to the Visitor Complex. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is part of Heroes and Legends and honors astronauts from all of NASA’s space flight programs. People begin gathering […]
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The Apollo 14 command module Kitty Hawk on display at the Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. The Kitty Hawk supported Apollo 14 astronauts Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell on the third Moon landing in 1971.
May 5, 2016 has been selected as National Astronaut Day and today is the first annual observance. The day coincides with NASA astronaut Alan Shepard’s historic suborbital flight aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 on May 5, 1961. Riding inside the Freedom 7 Mercury space capsule, Shepard’s quick jaunt took him 116-miles into space before splashing down a little over 300 miles from Cape Canaveral fifteen minutes after launch. A small step heralding bigger things to come. Pictured is John Glenn’s spacesuit on […]
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The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on 30 May 2015 started at 2:00 p.m. under the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Being inducted were, from left to right, Kent Rominger, Rhea Seddon, Steve Lindsey, and John Grunsfeld. Also on hand for the event were a large number of astronauts gong all the way back to the beginning of the Apollo program. Unfortunately, the Atlantis exhibit, while being symbolically appropriate, is not […]
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Yuri Gagarin, a citizen of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics — a country that does not even exist today — became the first person in space to orbit the Earth on 12 April 1961. Cosmonaut Gagarin’s historic 108-minute flight aboard the Vostok spacecraft electrified the world and started the Soviet Union and the United States on a space race that culminated with American astronauts walking on the Moon less than ten years later. Gagarin’s Vostok spacecraft did not have […]
It is hard to believe but it has been over 50 years since John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in a tiny Mercury capsule. So much has happened since then. One of the big changes is in how manned space missions are controlled. For all the Project Mercury missions and the first Project Gemini mission, a small Mission Control Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station watched over the orbiting astronauts. Today that role is filled […]
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NBC News correspondent Jay Barbree has covered every launch carrying astronauts into space from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station going all the way back to the Mercury and Gemini programs, through the Apollo Moon landings, Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and, finally, all 135 Space Shuttle missions. The night of 22 August 2014 he was at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida to sign copies of his new book, Neil Armstrong: A Life of […]
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A collection of images from the superb Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s “once-in-a-lifetime concert experience beneath Space Shuttle Atlantis” at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. I thought I was being sly bringing in my pocket camera tucked into my jacket for the expected “cocktail attire” for the event, but should have known better when almost the entire well-dressed crowd was lugging around one sort of camera or another or, as most were doing, shooting pictures with their cell phones. All these […]
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Sean Sexton, artist, poet, and rancher, poses with an astronaut in the Florida state capitol building. Sean attended the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Legislative Quarterly in Tallahassee, which generally coincides with Florida Space Day making for an odd but satisfying mix of high and low tech lobbying to garner support from Florida legislators for both industries. Thank you to Sean for sending me this great picture from his adventures in Tallahassee this week. Learn more about Treasure Hammock Ranch.
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