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The Space Above Us

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Apr 18, 2019

Challenger's back on the launch pad with the biggest crew we've seen yet, but something seems to be wrong with the Ku-band antenna. I hope you're ready for some orbiter attitude gymnastics!

Apr 4, 2019

Space Shuttle Discovery joins the cast, and makes a dramatic entrance.

Mar 21, 2019

The Solar Maximum Mission is in trouble, and only the crew of STS-41C can save it. Join us for the shuttle's first on-orbit repair of an uncrewed satellite!

Mar 7, 2019

STS-41B (wait, what happened to STS-10?) runs into a few bumps in the road, but clears the road for the next mission and comes home with some pretty spiffy photos.

Feb 21, 2019

John Young flies for one last time, carrying a payload bay full of science. Wait, does someone hear a sizzling sound coming from the engine compartment?

Feb 7, 2019

Challenger hauls the mail on STS-8, before using a giant dumbbell to flex its remote manipulator system muscles.

Jan 24, 2019

Sally Ride becomes America's first female astronaut to fly in space, and teaches Challenger how to say 7 for the camera.

Jan 10, 2019

Challenger flies for the first time and the TDRSS constellation gets started.

Dec 27, 2018

With five days, four crew members, three.. uhh.. engines, two satellites, and one planned EVA, STS-5 is going to be a busy flight!

Dec 13, 2018

Ken Mattingly and Hank Hartsfield were apparently born in a barn, because they can't get the door closed!

Nov 29, 2018

Jack Lousma and Gordon Fullerton fly Columbia on its third mission, carrying a whole bunch of shuttle-inspecting experiments with them.

Nov 15, 2018

Joe Engle and Dick Truly are ready to take Columbia for a ride and usher in the era of reusable spacecraft.

Nov 1, 2018

John Young and Bob Crippen strap in and fly Columbia on its first mission. But how will mission control deal with missing tiles on the heat shield?

Oct 18, 2018

This week we discuss three of the biggest challenges to getting the space shuttle off the ground: the engines, the computers, and the tiles. Oh, and we meet 54 new friends.

Oct 4, 2018

The Space Shuttle would be NASA's first spacecraft to land on a runway. So it's probably a good idea to make sure it's up to the task.

Sep 20, 2018

With our tour of the External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters complete, it's time to take a look at what they're getting into orbit: the Space Shuttle Orbiter.

Sep 6, 2018

Now that the Space Shuttle has been approved, it's time to figure out what the vehicle will actually look like. With that in mind, we take a close look at the two major support players of the STS: the External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters.

Aug 23, 2018

As Apollo hit its stride, NASA was trying to figure out what it was going to do next. The answer requires a significant amount of historical context, so let's see if we can provide it as we try to answer the question: where did the Space Shuttle come from?

Aug 9, 2018

Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, and Deke Slayton (yes, Deke Slayton) take the last Apollo CSM up to meet with some new friends from out of town.

Jul 26, 2018

We take a look back at the Skylab program, its fate, its legacy, and how it fits into the broader picture.

Jul 12, 2018

Carr, Gibson, and Pogue go the distance and wrap up a remarkable 84 day mission, thus ending the crewed portion of Skylab's life.

Jun 28, 2018

Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue have been handed the baton and are ready to start the last leg of the marathon. Skylab 4, the final crew to America's first space station, are GO for launch!

Jun 14, 2018

Bean, Garriott, and Lousma still have 50 days left to catch up on their backlog. Let's just hope their two arachnid passengers don't escape!

May 31, 2018

Alan Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma are ready to become Skylab's second crew. But will an attitude control propellant leak cut their stay short?

May 17, 2018

Conrad, Kerwin and Weitz have arrived at Skylab, but can they get the stricken space station under control?

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