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Jul 11, 2019

We've got a lot going on for the fifth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. Commsats, lasers, something about a star war, and did that guy say he was a prince?

Jun 27, 2019

It's been a long wait, well, for some of us, but STS-51B is here! Spacelab is operational and has a whole bunch of science to do. But how are we going to get the monkeys into the payload bay?

Jun 13, 2019

We've got a full orbiter for this flight! Seven crew members, two commsats, a bunch of toys, and plenty of duct tape and cardboard.

May 30, 2019

We're back to our usual schedule! And what better way to return from an unexpected break than a mission about which we know almost nothing? This week, STS-51C: the shuttle's first classified mission.

May 16, 2019

No new episode this week because I got appendicitis and need to recover from my appendectomy. Sorry! New episode in two weeks. 

May 2, 2019

STS-41B left some unfinished business in low earth orbit in the form of a couple of stranded communications satellites. On STS-51A, we're gonna go get 'em.

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.

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