Shuttle Ready for Historic Launch on Apollo 11’s 30th Anniversary
Space Shuttle Columbia sits ready on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral for its historic launch on Tuesday. Carrying the space-based Chandra X-Ray observatory, and led by NASA’s first female commander, the launch marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. The shuttle will launch shortly after midnight and remain in space for 5 days.
United Nations Believes All Countries Should Profit From Space Exploration
Nations from around the world are meeting at the third annual UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, UNISPACE III. The purpose of the conference will be to discuss how to make space flight accessible to developing nations, as well as how to deal with increasing space junk.
Friends and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Conrad
Pete Conrad, the third man to walk on the moon, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. Conrad died in a motorcycle crash while driving along a winding road in Southern California. Several astronauts attended the funeral, including Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and John Glenn.
Astronauts Get Sick from Space Station Atmosphere
Although it wasn’t widely publicized by NASA, a recent report published to NASA Watch said that several members of the last space shuttle Discovery mission came down with symptoms of “sick building syndrome”, including headaches, irritated eyes, flush face, nausea and vomiting.