Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet Buran OK-GLI Aerodynamic Test Shuttle

Soviet Buran Program The Buran shuttle program (also known as the VKK Space Orbiter program – Buran or “Буран” in Russian means “Snowstorm“) was the biggest and most expensive undertaking ever in Soviet space exploration. The program began in 1974 in response to the NASA Space Shuttle program (apparently initially due to the suspicion it… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet Buran OK-GLI Aerodynamic Test Shuttle

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark: NASA Aircraft

The Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, California has a very unique National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) test and transport aircraft collection. Nearby is the NASA Dryden Flight Research Centre where the aircraft once flew and NASA continues to conduct flight research to this day. There is a Space Shuttle Escape System Test Vehicle that was… Read More Joe Davies Heritage Airpark: NASA Aircraft

45th Anniversary of Man Landing on the Moon

APOLLO XI July 20th, 1969 marks the 45th anniversary of man setting foot on the Moon for the first time. The mighty NASA Apollo XI Saturn V rocket launched from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Centre (Cape Kennedy, Florida) on July 16th, 1969 and transported Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong (Mission Commander), Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot) and… Read More 45th Anniversary of Man Landing on the Moon

Space Shuttle Discovery

Following on from my visit to the California Science Centre in Los Angeles to see their new addition the retired NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle OV-105), I couldn’t miss seeing one of her sisters, Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle OV-103) in her new home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre in Chantilly, Virginia. Discovery was… Read More Space Shuttle Discovery

NASA Gate Guardians

Two sleek-looking NASA Northrop T-38 Talons impressively stand guard at the main entrance to Space Centre Houston in Texas. Originally a USAF aircraft, the nimble T-38 first entered service with NASA in the 1960’s and due to its high level of capability and low operating cost, is still used today for Astronaut flight proficiency and training along with mission support duties such as… Read More NASA Gate Guardians