Category: History

Learn all about the rich history of our industry as it pertains to aviation, space exploration and more.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Makes historic 1st Splashdown to Return NASA Astronauts Home

  SpaceX’s first astronaut mission for NASA is in the books. A Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EDT (1848 GMT) today (Aug. 2), bringing an end to SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. “Welcome back to planet Earth,”
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The Trailblazing GE90, For Decades The World’s Most Powerful Engine, Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

Groundhog Day 1995 will go down in the history books, and not just because Punxsutawney Phil cast no shadow. While the sky was cloudy in Pennsylvania on Friday, Feb. 2, 1995, a new chapter in commercial aviation was dawning by the Ohio River. It happened in the Cincinnati suburb of Evendale, home to the headquarters
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Astronaut Christina Koch Will Begin Her Journey to Earth After Record-Setting Mission

NASA Astronaut Christina Koch is returning to Earth after the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch arrived on the International Space Station on March 14 for her spaceflight mission. She is scheduled to return Thursday after 329 days, breaking Peggy Whitson’s record of 288 consecutive days in space. Koch’s is also the second-longest single spaceflight by any US astronaut,
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On This Day In Aviation History: The Space Shuttle Columbia Blasts Off for Catastrophe

16 January 2003, 15:39:00 UTC, T minus Zero: Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Columbia (OV-102) was America’s first space shuttle. This would be her final flight. 81.7 seconds after launch, Columbia was at approximately 66,000 feet (20,100 meters) altitude and 12.5 miles (20.1 kilometers) downrange, accelerating
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