Aviation in Space

"Aviation and space travel, in particular have always been especially captivating." Felix Baumgartner, First Person to Break the Sound Barrier in a Free-Fall Parachute Jump, 2012

Two large white rockets and a large red tank attached to a space plane blasting off
The Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, c.1997


Since the beginning, aviation seemed destined to ascend higher and higher. Once man conquered the limits of terrestrial aviation, the far-flung, mysterious depths of space was the next logical choice to engage and take on. Read the stories of aviation's race to space, learn about the feats that helped propel us into the stars, and be inspired by the people whose courageous endeavors have laid the groundwork for future generations to build upon.
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    Last updated: September 5, 2017