Category: 1980s

May 18, 1980 – The Mount St. Helens volcano er…

May 18, 1980 – The Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in Washington State, creating an explosive column that rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. The eruption melted mountain ice and a few whole glaciers, forming a series of massive volcanic mudslides that reached as far as the Columbia River, almost 50 miles away.

(USGS)

May 18, 1980 – The Mount St. Helens volcano er…

May 18, 1980 – The Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in Washington State, creating an explosive column that rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. The eruption melted mountain ice and a few whole glaciers, forming a series of massive volcanic mudslides that reached as far as the Columbia River, almost 50 miles away.

(USGS)

The Embedding by Ian Watson. Granada, 1980. Co…

The Embedding by Ian Watson. Granada, 1980. Cover art by Peter Elson.

Rutger Hauer in a production still for Blade R…

Rutger Hauer in a production still for Blade Runner (1982)

April 14, 1981 – Completing its first official…

April 14, 1981 – Completing its first official mission in Earth orbit, the Space Shuttle Columbia comes home to Edwards Air Force Base in California.

(NASA)

April 14, 1981 – The Space Shuttle Columbia la…

April 14, 1981 – The Space Shuttle Columbia lands at Edwards Air Force Base after completing its first orbital mission.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Atop a NASA 747 shuttle carr…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier, the brand-new Space Shuttle Atlantis arrives at Cape Canaveral on April 13, 1985. (NASA)

April 13, 1985 – Atop a NASA 747 shuttle carri…

April 13, 1985 – Atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier, the brand-new Space Shuttle Atlantis arrives at Cape Canaveral. (NASA)

The STS-1 team at Kennedy Space Center celebra…

The STS-1 team at Kennedy Space Center celebrates the successful first launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia, April 12, 1981. (NASA)

Illustrator Mort Künstler sketches the launch …

Illustrator Mort Künstler sketches the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981. It was the maiden flight of the orbiter.

(Heritage Auctions)