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Life, Unbounded

Oh Extravagant Planet!

Cumulonimbus clouds over the Gulf of Mexico 1984 (Shuttle image, NASA)

Sitting here in New York after a night of listening to the roar of hurricane Sandy I, along with everyone else here, am feeling a little bit worn. And I’m lucky, many people are still in the midst of dealing with a very real disaster in the city and the states up and down the [...]

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Life, Unbounded

O NASA! My NASA!

Shuttle mission STS-118 (NASA)

This is not exactly the normal kind of post on Life, Unbounded, but there’s good reason for it. Our species of peculiarly upright, lurching, yabbering, fidgeting, opposing thumb creatures has managed to claw its way through time to arrive at a very special point. During the past fifty years we’ve become organisms with the capacity [...]

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Observations

A Remembrance of Challenger Astronaut Ronald McNair on Anniversary of Shuttle Disaster [Video]

Twenty-seven years ago today space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, killing all seven crewmembers onboard. Among the victims of the 1986 disaster was astronaut Ronald McNair, who two years earlier had become the second African-American in space. McNair lived only 35 years, but he amassed quite a résumé [...]

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American Astronaut Sally Ride Dies at 61

Sally Ride, 1951-2012

Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, died today at age 61, according to the Web site of her science-education company, Sally Ride Science. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Ride was born May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in physics and English, as well as [...]

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Shuttle Makes Journey up the Hudson to Final Resting Place [Video]

The Hudson River is basically Scientific American’s backyard, so when we heard the space shuttle Enterprise was  heading up the river to its final resting place aboard the USS Intrepid on Manhattan’s west flank, we couldn’t resist firing up the video camera and grabbing a few shots.  Although Enterprise never made it to Earth orbit, [...]

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Space Shuttle Enterprise Graces New York City with a Flyby

Shuttle Enterprise NYC flyover

NEW YORK—Friday morning got off to an unusually exciting start here at Scientific American, as the prototype space shuttle Enterprise was flown up the Hudson River, and just past our office building at the intersection of Canal and Varick streets, en route to a landing at John F. Kennedy airport. Dozens of staffers from Scientific [...]

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Photographer Vincent Fournier Opens Eerie Window on the World’s Space Programs [Video]

There’s a reason that so many sci-fi thrillers are set in space. Well, there are probably many reasons. But it’s certainly true that the tools of space exploration often have a haunting, sterile, almost creepy quality. Vincent Fournier captures that quality in his photographs, taken at the research and operations facilities of space programs around [...]

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A Tribute to All 135 of NASA’s Space Shuttle Missions [Video]

shuttle landing at sunset

Now that Atlantis has safely returned to Earth and the 30-year space shuttle program has drawn to a close, it’s time to look back at the reign of Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour and the tragically shortened careers of Challenger and Columbia. Since 1981 NASA has launched 135 shuttle missions, reaching destinations such as the Mir space [...]

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Space Shuttle Era Ends with Safe Landing of Atlantis

FInal landing of the space shuttle

NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program drew to an end this morning when the Atlantis orbiter touched down safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle landed to complete its final mission—and the final mission for the shuttle program overall—at 5:57 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the first available landing opportunity for the orbiter. [...]

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Closes In on Historic Final Landing

STS-132 landing

When space shuttle Atlantis rolls to a stop at the end of its current mission, the only remaining U.S. spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit will be powered down for good. NASA’s fleet of space shuttles, developed in the 1970s and first launched in 1981, have provided the nation with 30 years of almost [...]

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Notes from the Ground: Launch Day Wrap-Up

Atlantis Launch Notes: July 8, 9:00 P.M. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER—What a day it was. One to which I’ll dedicate lots of long-term memory neurons. It started tough, though—at 3:30 A.M., with a four-hour trip to the Kennedy Space Center 45 miles away. On the day that my still sleepy eyes would witness a spaceship rocket [...]

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Space Shuttle a Go-Go–NASA’s Atlantis Successfully Lifts Off [Video]

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER—Atlantis lifted off Friday at 11:29 A.M. Eastern time after a last-moment hold at 31 seconds on its 33rd and final mission—both for it and NASA’s 30-year-old manned space shuttle program, putting on hiatus the era of human access to low Earth orbit on board U.S. spacecraft. The launch and orbital insertion were [...]

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Remembering Challenger Astronaut Ronald McNair

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. The image of the explosion shortly after liftoff is burned into the memory of many of us, so revisiting the “major malfunction” may not be necessary, but is here for those who’d like to witness it [...]

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Reminiscing about the Space Shuttle Program through Video

I was recently chosen to attend the NASAtweetup for the last shuttle launch of Atlantis. I shared the excitement of the event here on the SciAm Guest blog. Keeping in the theme of our new blog which focuses on science in video, I thought it would be appropriate to include a few shuttle and space [...]

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