space shuttles

The Last Blast

Jan 21, 2013 By Al Reinert

Few things are as majestic as the launch of the space shuttle. But after nearly thirty years, NASA is sending up its final orbiters. Here's the view from up close.

Lost in Space

Jan 21, 2013 By Geoffrey Leavenworth

Ten years after the Challenger disaster, there are still dark clouds on the horizon for NASA’s space shuttle program.

Lust in Space

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

The lovesick antics of diapered astronaut Lisa Nowak are some combination of funny and sad but seemingly not revealing of anything larger, until you realize that her tragic, tabloidy breakdown says everything you need to know about NASA’s many troubles.

Eileen Collins

Jun 30, 2006 By Evan Smith

“It’s funny: I’ve never been scared on a shuttle mission. It’s just the nature of the job. You’re busy, you’re focused, you’re well trained, and you go, ‘You know, if I’m going to die, there’s nothing I can do about it.’”

Liftoff!

Apr 1, 2006 By Stephen Harrigan

In this exclusive excerpt from Stephen Harrigan’s new novel, Challenger Park, a female astronaut confronts mommy-track issues on the way to outer space.

Heaven & Earth

Apr 1, 2003 By Stephen Harrigan

The break-up of the space shuttle Columbia was a chilling reminder that the astronauts who dare to dream and risk their lives for the benefit of all mankind are, at the end of the day, mere mortals.