Blog Archives

Mar 2, 1972: Pioneer 10 Launched to Jupiter

Pioneer 10, the world’s first outer-planetary probe, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission to Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet. In December 1973, after successfully negotiating the asteroid belt and a distance of 620 million miles, Pioneer

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Feb 20, 1962: An American Orbits Earth

From Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, was among the seven

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Feb 7, 1984: First Human Satellite

While in orbit 170 miles above Earth, Navy Captain Bruce McCandless becomes the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exits the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvers freely, using a bulky white rocket pack of his

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Feb 1, 2003: Columbia Mission Ends in Disaster

On this day in 2003, the space shuttle Columbia breaks up while entering the atmosphere over Texas, killing all seven crew members on board. The Columbia‘s 28th space mission, designated STS-107, was originally scheduled to launch on January 11, 2001,

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Jan 28, 1986: Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

January 27, 1967: Astronauts Die in Launch Pad Fire

A launch pad fire during Apollo program tests at Cape Canaveral, Florida, kills astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee. An investigation indicated that a faulty electrical wire inside the Apollo 1 command module was

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Dec 27, 1968: Apollo 8 Returns to Earth

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, returns safely to Earth after an historic six-day journey. On December 21, Apollo 8 was launched by a three-stage Saturn 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Frank Borman, James

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. You have full control over the frequency of emails you receive, and you can unsubscribe at any time. We will NOT share your email address with anyone, ever!

Join 734 other followers

Member of The Internet Defense LeagueBloggers' Rights at EFF