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The Space Above Us

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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?

May 3, 2018

We meet the crew of Skylab 2, wonder what happened to Skylab 1, and take a look at how NASA scrambled to fix their crippled space station.

Apr 19, 2018

We learn about some of the scientific experiments on Skylab, get it to the launchpad, and send it on its way to orbit. Though it seems to be missing a few parts when it gets there..

Apr 5, 2018

We get out first look at NASA's first big project after landing on the moon: Skylab. America's first space station is often overlooked, but we'll dig into the reasons that make it so awesome.

Mar 22, 2018

We take a look back at the Apollo Program and how we got there. Then I ramble a bit about my take on the impact of the program and talk about where the upcoming episodes will be going.

Mar 8, 2018

We explore the fascinating Taurus-Littrow region and bid a sad farewell to the moon.

Feb 22, 2018

Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt kick off the final lunar landing mission of the Apollo Program with a spectacular night launch. But how did they end up with these last three coveted seats?

Feb 8, 2018

It's time to go find some volcanic rock and confirm the hypothesis of the formation of the Descartes region. I hope you like orange juice.

Jan 25, 2018

John Young, Charlie Duke, and Ken Mattingly are headed to the moon for the second J-mission. Geologists have them on the hunt for volcanic rock, hoping to test their hypothesis on how the lunar highlands were formed.

Jan 11, 2018

This week we head to the Hadley-Apennine region to explore the surface with Dave Scott and Jim Irwin. Five EVAs, driving around in the lunar rover, and obstinate drills await us!

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