Leland Melvin said that flying a space shuttle was significantly less nerve-wracking than being racially profiled by the police.
A larger-than-life look into feats of manufacturing.
Godspeed, Atlantis At the launch pad Five years ago, on July 8, 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis launched to space from Kennedy
On May 21, External Tank #94 arrived at the California Science Center, where it eventually will be stacked with the orbiter Endeavour and two test rockets displayed upright as if ready to launch.
Sally Ride was a graduate student at Stanford when she answered an ad in the Stanford Daily and applied for a job with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA.
You live on a world of dry red rock. Something's missing. Air? Check. Gravity? Check. 294 days worth of Tang? Check, check, check. So, what could it be?
These days we talk about human missions to Mars as if a new type of space race has begun, one clearly distanced from the original by a good 40 or more years, a race we believe we won, because we sent astronauts to the moon. What if the original race never ended?
Sometimes you have to change course to get on course. And the first small step in doing so may be to realize you didn't really know where you were going in the first place - and why.
Interstellar: Imperfect Epic Addresses Big Questions About the Future, Time, Human Nature, and Space Exploration
Christopher Nolan's first film since the massive success of his Dark Knight Trilogy is a big movie about the future with with big ambitions, big themes, big images, and big questions about human nature, time, and president-day attitudes and policies. Or lack of same.
While the potential for various mechanical and electronic failures is always on the mind of everyone involved with large and ambitious space endeavors, these are always treated as challenges that need to be overcome, rather than as deterrents.