With the last shuttle flight approaching in June, the future of manned spaceflight is uncertain. Former NASA engineer and author David Baker, astronaut Jeffrey A. Hoffman, and journalist Pat Duggins discuss the milestones and downfalls of the shuttle program and what may come next.
As the space shuttle programme draws to a close, Piers Sellers and Scott Altman describe what it was like to fly on the shuttle — and we recreate the sounds
War, riots, assassinations: “the year that shattered America”. And then Nasa took the biggest risk in its history. There was the Vietnam War and the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy but with Apollo 8, astronauts went further from Earth than anyone had gone before and changed the way we look at our home forever.
In this episode of the Ars Technicast we talk about NASA in light of next week’s 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We are excited to welcome special guest Amy Shira Teitel, a journalist who specializes in the history of NASA. According to Teitel, the Apollo 11 trip warped our perception of space travel. The mission set up the expectation that space travel was only limited by our imaginations, but the facts and requirements of actual space travel tell a different story, Teitel says.
The Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy: a conversation with my parents who worked the accident - The Verge
On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas and Louisiana as it returned from a 16-day mission in space. The cause of the accident was a piece of foam that had fallen…
One of the Apollo 13 astronauts describes the moment disaster struck in 1970.
As NASA’s final shuttle launch approaches, we look at America’s future in the final frontier.
She took us into the world of cadavers and examined the anatomy, physiology and psychology behind sex. Now, Mary Roach discovers the surreality and weirdness of space.
For example, what happens when you’ve been in space for a year? And is it possible for a human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? From the space shuttle training toilet to NASA’s crash simulation tests, Roach explores the strange universe.
132 – The Space Shuttle (Part 1, Systems)
Flattr: This is the first of two episodes on the the Space Shuttle’s systems and operations. We talk to Davide Sivolella, an aerospace engineer who has written a quite technical book…
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This is the first of two episodes on the the Space Shuttle’s systems and operations. We talk to Davide Sivolella, an aerospace engineer who has written a quite technical book on the shuttle. In this episode we talk about some of the shuttle’s systems, including the structure, the engines, the boosters and the thermal protection system.
A Correction: Davide mentioned that the external tank is manufactured in New Jersey. This is wrong. It is built in Lousiana.
A related omega tau episode is episode 43, Flying the Space Shuttle.
Davide Sivolella’s book on the Space Shuttle
Jeff Hoffman’s Lecture Series on the Shuttle
David Woods’ book on Apollo
Space Transportation System (WP)
Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar (WP)
Polar orbit (WP)
Vandenberg Air Force Base – Home
Vandenberg AFB (WP)
Lifting body (WP)
Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (WP)
EELV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster (WP)
North American X-15 (WP)
Tsiolkovsky rocket equation (WP)
Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation
Hot Structures – NASA
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (WP)
Space Shuttle thermal protection system (WP)
Silica fiber (WP)
Space Shuttle Thermal Tile Demonstration – YouTube
Reinforced carbon–carbon (WP)
Obrital Maneuvering System
Hypergolic propellant (WP)
Surface tension (WP)
Surface Tension Propellant Tanks – Astrium ST – EADS
Space Shuttle Main Engine (WP)
Gas-generator cycle (rocket) (WP)
Staged combustion cycle (rocket) (WP)
Max Q (WP)
Dynamic pressure (WP)
Glass cockpit (WP)
Gimbal lock (WP)
Listener Jake found the flight rules as a PDF online..
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Interview with Col. Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP conducted by Avi Solomon http://www.boingboing.net/2011/07/07/interview-apollo-ast.html