Category: space shuttle

December 7, 1996: The Space Shuttle Columbia l…

December 7, 1996: The Space Shuttle Columbia lands at Cape Canaveral after an 18-day orbital odyssey.

(Space Shuttle Almanac)

December 7, 1996 – The Space Shuttle Columbia …

December 7, 1996 – The Space Shuttle Columbia comes home from mission STS-80, an orbital odyssey that lasted 17 days, 15 hours, 53 minutes, 18 seconds. (SpaceShuttleAlmanac)

December 4, 1998 — The Unity Module, the first…

December 4, 1998 — The Unity Module, the first American-made part of the International Space Station, is deployed from the Shuttle Endeavour. (NASA)

December 2, 1988 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis …

December 2, 1988 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, heading to orbit for a mission lasting 4 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes, 37 seconds. (NASA)

Future shuttles coming and going from orbital …

Future shuttles coming and going from orbital outposts, illustrated by Robert McCall for Our World in Space by Isaac Asimov and McCall, 1974.

November 18, 2009 – Looking oh-so-tiny in the …

November 18, 2009 – Looking oh-so-tiny in the scary blackness of space, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is photographed as it approaches the ISS. (NASA)

Earth and the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Novemb…

Earth and the Space Shuttle Atlantis on November 17, 2009.

(NASA)

November 16, 2009 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis…

November 16, 2009 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis roars into space on its way to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Mission STS-129 lasted 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes.

November 16, 2009 — The Space Shuttle Atlantis…

November 16, 2009 — The Space Shuttle Atlantis roars into Earth orbit to rendezvous with the International Space Station.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis on launch pad 39A a…

The Space Shuttle Atlantis on launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, November 15, 2009. (NASA)