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In this image from December 2008, the STS-122 mission crew members stride out of the Operations and Checkout Building, eager to ride to the launch pad and take their seats in space shuttle Atlantis. On the left, front to back, are Alan Poindexter, followed by Leland Melvin, Stanley Love and Leopold Eyharts. On the right, front to back, are Commander Steve Frick, followed by Rex Walheim and Hans Schlegel. Schlegel and Eyharts represent the European Space Agency. Poindexter died on Sunday…

STS-122 Heads to the Pad: A Tribute to Alan Poindexter

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Space Shuttle Discovery STS-41-D crew.  Front, left to right: Richard M. Mullane, Steven A. Hawley, Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr., Michael L. Coats. Back, left to right: Charles D. Walker, Judith A. Resnick. (NASA)

Obit of the Day: The Commander of the Space Shuttle Discovery As Discovery sat on launchpad the countdown for the shuttle’s first misson (designated as mission reached the final.

Enterprise on the Hudson

Enterprise Lifted Into Dynamic Test Stand

Atop a barge on Wednesday, June the space shuttle Enterprise was towed on the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will be permanently displayed.

Spacewalk on Gemini flight, from NASA

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Fifty years ago, on June Edward White stepped out of the orbiting Gemini 4 spacecraft to become the first US astronaut to walk in space.

The Apollo 1 Crew, January 27, 1967 - Weeks before an accident during tests would cause their deaths

From left, Apollo 1 astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee pose in front of their Saturn 1 launch vehicle at Launch Complex 34 at the Kennedy Space Center. The astronauts later died in a fire on the pad.

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Christa McAuliffe died on the Challenger, January 28, 1986. Mission launched, but did not cross the Kármán line. The crew cabin peaked approx. 70,000 ft

Christa McAuliffe (September 1948 – January was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. I remember where I was the moment this happened!

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John H., has his flight suit checked by closeout by closeout crew members before climbing into space shuttle Discovery for his second flight into space, which came 36 years after his Mercury launch.

February 1 - At the conclusion of the STS-107 mission, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts on board.

February 1 - At the conclusion of the mission, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts on board.

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9 1995 Bernard Harris and Michael Foale Ready For a Spacewalk Nasa Image of the Day: February 09 2016

From Mars-Awesome shot from underneath Curiosity

This view of the three left wheels of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images that were taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager on September the day of Curiosity's work on Mars. In the distance is the lower slope of Mount Sharp.

Absorbing the loss... NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe wipes his forehead before the start of a press conference to discuss the accident involving the space shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Looking back: The Columbia shuttle tragedy

Absorbing the loss. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe wipes his forehead before the start of a press conference to discuss the accident involving the space shuttle Columbia on Feb. at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

IRIS Launch Set for 10:27 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 27  Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph #NASA

IRIS Launch Set for Thursday

Developing the Space Shuttle Program  Nixon holds a model of the Space Shuttle and its transport plane while standing near the Presidential helicopter with Governor Claude Kirk and Congressman Bill Cramer at the St. Petersburg Airport (St. Petersburg, Florida). 10/28/1970.  -from the Nixon Library

President Richard Nixon holds a model of the Space Shuttle and its transport plane while standing near the Presidential helicopter with Governor Claude Kirk and Congressman Bill Cramer at the St.

OTD in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope is launched on STS-31. The space shuttle pilot on that mission? The future NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. There are a couple of other friends on board, too!   "Astronaut Loren J. Shriver, mission commander, is at lower left. Astronaut Charles F. Bolden, pilot, floats above. Others, left to right, are Kathryn D. Sullivan, Bruce McCandless II and Steven A. Hawley, all mission specialists. Photo credit: NASA"

OTD in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope is launched on STS-31. The space shuttle pilot on that mission? The future NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. There are a couple of other friends on board, too! "Astronaut Loren J. Shriver, mission commander, is at lower left. Astronaut Charles F. Bolden, pilot, floats above. Others, left to right, are Kathryn D. Sullivan, Bruce McCandless II and Steven A. Hawley, all mission specialists. Photo credit: NASA"

Katherine Johnson came to NASA Langley in 1953 as a human computer. She eventually joined NASA's Space Task Force and calculated trajectories for the agency's space missions. Credits: NASA/David C. Bowman

From Computers to Leaders: Women at NASA Langley

Katherine Johnson came to NASA Langley in 1953 as a human computer. She eventually joined NASA's Space Task Force and calculated trajectories for the agency's space missions. Credits: NASA/David C.

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