This Day in History: Apollo 10 nearly ends in disaster

On this day in 1969, Apollo 10 is launched. It was the last mission before Apollo 11 famously landed on the moon, but did you know that it nearly ended in tragedy? A lunar module carrying two astronauts spun out of control and was barely recovered. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford were aboard the lunar […]

This Day in History: Harriet Quimby, the woman who inspired Amelia Earhart

On this day in 1912, Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Perhaps she’s the most famous female aviator you’ve never heard of? Not only was she the first to make the then-dangerous trip across the Channel, but she was also the first woman to fly at night, and the […]

This Day in History: The 1966 NASA T-38 crash

On this day in 1966, two astronauts are tragically killed as they travel from Houston to St. Louis. Elliot See and Charles Bassett were scheduled for two weeks of simulator training at a McDonnell Aircraft facility. They were the prime crew assigned to Gemini 9, slated to launch later that spring. See and Bassett weren’t […]

This Day in History: NASA and the first untethered spacewalk

During this week in 1984, a NASA astronaut makes the first untethered spacewalk. No one had ever done such a thing before! Usually, a long cable keeps astronauts safely bound to their spacecraft. But now Captain Bruce McCandless II would leave the Space Shuttle Challenger and float freely in space, relying only on a propulsion […]