Ticket Price? $74 Million Dollars; Space Nerd Cred? Priceless.
On July 30, 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive Number 181, which allowed for the sale of flight capacity on the Space Shuttles to foreign and commercial users. The minimum acceptable price would be $74 million dollars.
Shuttle Pricing for Foreign and Commercial Users, 07/30/1985
NASA is Created
Act of July 29, 1958 (National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958), Public Law 85-568, 72 STAT 426, which provided for research into the problems of flight within and outside the earth’s atmosphere., 07/29/1958
0658 RECOVERED 2 HELOS. ASTRONAUTS, N.A. ARMSTRONG, LCOL M. COLLINS USAF, AND COL E.E. ALDRIN JR USAF
Deck Log of the USS Hornet, 07/24/1969
Documenting in rather matter-of-fact terms both the arrival of the President of the United States and successful recovery of the Apollo 11 astronauts.
John Glenn conducted the first manned space orbit of the earth on February 20, 1962. This is the transcription of his in-flight communication with Mission Control in Florida. During re-entry Glenn was forced to switch to manual control after the autopilot failed. Additionally, there were concerns his heat shield had come loose — leading the recommendation to leave his retropackage in place .
Transcript of John Glenn’s Official Communication with the Command Center , 02/28/1962
Fifty years ago, on February 20, 1962, Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit the Earth. With the world watching the historic and live-televised event, Glenn orbited the Earth three times in his space capsule, Friendship 7. Four hours and 55 minutes after ignition, John Glenn and Friendship 7 returned to Earth and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary with a special video display of “Friendship 7,” a film produced in 1962 by NASA that is now part of our holdings. And if you can’t make to Washington, DC, you can watch this special 5-minute version.
Challenger’s resting place
On January 28, 1986, at 11:30, A.M. just one minute after lift off, the Space Shuttle Challenger and its crew were destroyed in an explosion. After pieces of the Challenger were examined, they were lowered into their permanent storage area in the Minuteman missile silo at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Christmas Wishes from Space
While orbiting the moon on Christmas Eve, 1968, the three-man crew aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft—Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders—offered live holiday greetings from outer space. After describing the desolation and bleakness of the lunar landscape, the astronauts read from the first ten verses from the Book of Genesis. Commander Frank Borman concluded the historic interplanetary telecast—sent to an audience of half a billion people around the world—with the message:
“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a merry Christmas, and God bless all of you—all of you on the good Earth.”
(a) The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of the United States that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.
(b) The Congress declares that the general welfare and security of the United States require that adequate provision be made for aeronautical and space activities…
Signed by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 29, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 “provided for research into the problems of flight within and outside the earth’s atmosphere” and established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
In Honor of NASA’s Mars Day - Telegram from the Secretary of the Navy to All Naval Stations Regarding Mars, 08/22/1924
In this telegram from 1924 the Secretary of the Navy requests stations to monitor any unusual electrical phenomenon in the event of attempted radio communication from Mars.