Space

August 31, 2018
 

Celebrating Guy Bluford’s historic first flight

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When Guion Bluford, better known as Guy, launched aboard Challenger’s STS-8 mission on Aug. 30, 1983, he became the first African-American to fly in space. Before becoming a member of NASA’s “Thirty-Five New Guys” — the 1978 astronaut class, which had the first African-American and first Asian-American astronauts and the first women — Bluford had a distinguished career. He was an Air Force fighter pilot with a doctorate in aerospace engineering. As an astronaut, Bluford worked with space station operations, the Remote Manipulator System, Spacelab systems and experiments, space shuttle systems, payload safety issues and verifying flight software, and flew on three more shuttle missions — STS 61-A, STS-39 and STS-53 — logging more than 688 hours in space.




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Along the way to Launch Pad 39B

NASA photograph by Cory Huston A truck sprays water to reduce the dust as NASA’s crawler-transporter 2 (CT-2) with the mobile launcher atop moves slowly along, on its trek to Launch Pad 39B on Aug. 31, 2018, at the agency...
 
 
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ISS crew repairs leak

The International Space Station’s cabin pressure is holding steady after the Expedition 56 crew conducted repair work on one of two Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the complex. The repair was made to address a leak that ...
 
 
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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s Orion spaceship

NASA photograph At the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana, Lockheed Martin technicians have completed construction of the first Orion capsule structure that will carry humans to deep space on Exploration Mission-2. Tec...