This picture shows the first ever spacewalk conducted outside of the International Space Station (@iss). Astronauts Jerry L. Ross (left) and James H. Newman, both mission specialists, work together on the final of three space walks of the STS-88 mission. One of the solar panels of the Russian-built Zarya module runs through the frame. "This picture was taken during a brief break on one of the three very busy spacewalks performed on the first ISS assembly mission," said Ross. "Jim Newman saw the picture after the flight and told me that I should have reminded him to put up the gold visor on his space suit helmet so that his face could be seen like mine!" Image credit: NASA
Gravity is strong! It takes an enormous amount of energy to get to space. The #rocket launch is as energetic as a small nuclear explosion released over several minutes. In this picture, the #spaceshuttle#Columbia has not yet cleared the tower, and you can see the whole launch complex engulfed in huge clouds of smoke. Hang this image on your wall!
The Columbia lifts off once again from launch pad 39A at the #KennedySpaceCenter to begin a busy nine days in space for six crewmembers (S83-44997 28 Nov 1983). Official launch time was 11:00:00:84 a.m. (EST). Onboard the spacecraft are Astronauts John W. Young, Brewster Shaw, Jr., Dr. Owen K. Garriott, Dr. Robert A. R. Parker; the European Space Agency’s Dr. Ulf Merbold; and Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg, a biomedical engineer with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1994 - NASA extends an invitation to Roscosmos in the development of the International Space Station. The US Space Shuttle would begin flying several missions to the Russian MIR space station, installing a docking mechanism that allowed the vehicles to join and American Astronauts to visit and gain knowledge of long duration living aboard an orbital outpost. Construction of the ISS would begin in 1998.
Image 1 is Atlantis docking with MIR, image 2 is of Endeavour docked with the ISS.
Space shuttle Colombia gliding down to the ground. The first shuttle was launched in 1981, almost 40 years ago. The significant progress we’ve made in space travel since then has been phenomenal! Even though the space shuttle era is now over, do you think it was successful? Why or why not? Let us know below!—————————————————————————————
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