This Day in History: The Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden flight

On this day in 1977, the Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden flight atop a modified Boeing 747. Did you know that NASA built an orbiter than never went into space? The Space Shuttle Enterprise has been called “one of NASA’s most elaborate and expensive playthings”—yet the Space Shuttle Program would never have taken off […]

This Day in History: Apollo 14 returns from the moon

On this day in 1971, the crew of Apollo 14 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. The astronauts had just become the third NASA crew to walk on the moon. NASA had come a long way! Less than one year earlier, Apollo 13 had failed to accomplish the very same mission. Instead, one of its […]

This Day in History: The Space Shuttle Columbia explodes

On this day in 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia explodes above the skies of Texas. Columbia had once been the first space shuttle to launch into space! Now it would become the second to lose its entire crew. That first flight had been truly remarkable. “[It] was the first time astronauts launched on a vehicle […]

This Day in History: Apollo 1 ends in tragedy

On this day in 1967, the first manned Apollo mission ends in heartbreak. Apollo 1’s crew had been at Kennedy Space Center, preparing for their upcoming launch. Unfortunately, they never made it into space. Instead, all three astronauts were tragically killed during what should have been a simple launch rehearsal. But, then again, nothing had […]

This Day in History: The World Teeters on the Brink of Nuclear War

On this day in 1995, an aide hands a nuclear briefcase to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Nuclear missiles were ready to go. Would Yeltsin choose to launch them at the United States? He had less than 6 minutes to decide. The world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Fortunately, the crisis was averted at […]