Commander Eileen Collins has made four spaceflights aboard the US Space Shuttles, serving her command aboard Discovery. My female astronaut hero, she piloted and landed the vehicle twice, making her the first woman to have the controls of a US Spacecraft.
This is a view of the the first test flight of the Saturn V vehicle (SA-501) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch complex 39A. The thrust chambers of the first stage's five engines extend into the 45-foot-square hole in the mobile launcher platform. Until liftoff, the flames impinged downward onto a flame deflector that diverted the blast lengthwise in the flame trench. Here, a flame deflector, coated with a black ceramic, is in place below the opening, while a yellow (uncoated) spare…
Spacecraft Processing Procedures at Kennedy Space Center
In the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane operator lifts a full-size mock-up of the Orion spacecraft high in the air for transfer to High Bay Image Credit: NASA/Dan Casper