History Stories
CATEGORY: Space Shuttle
Big Bird Narrowly Escaped Death on the Challenger Mission
January 26, 2018

The puppeteer inside the yellow suit was in talks to go to space. Read More

How Groupthink Led to 7 Lives Lost in the Challenger Explosion
January 25, 2018

The Challenger launched too early—in part, because Reagan wanted to give a speech about it. Read More

5 Things You May Not Know About the Challenger Shuttle Disaster
January 28, 2016

Thirty years ago, the U.S. shuttle orbiter Challenger blew apart some 73 seconds after lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven astronauts on board. Read More

The Lone Soviet Space Shuttle Launch, 25 Years Ago
November 15, 2013

On the 25th anniversary of the launch of Buran, look back at the one and only flight of the Soviet version of the space shuttle. Read More