Hashtag: #SpaceHistory

Video: TV Show Features Bermuda Storyline

Video: TV Show Features Bermuda Storyline

The Astronaut Wives Club –an American period drama television series that debuted last month on ABC — recently included an episode that saw Bermuda play a key role as the show focused on the Sealab project, which took place only a few miles off the island in the 1960s. The mission saw an underwater habitat submerged into the Atlantic Ocean... Read more of this article

Photos: NASA Images Of Bermuda From Space

Photos: NASA Images Of Bermuda From Space

Bermuda is a photographic place no matter your vantage point, but the incredible pictures of the island taken from space by various NASA craft rank as some of the most unique that you’ll ever see. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA] is the American agency responsible for that nation’s space program and aerospace research. Perhaps... Read more of this article

“Mystery Airship” Which Panicked Bermuda

“Mystery Airship” Which Panicked Bermuda

A quite literal unidentified flying object panicked Bermuda when it crossed over the island in 1885 in a mysterious episode which remains unexplained to this day. On August 27, 1885, at about 8:30 a. m., Mrs. Adelina D. Bassett observed “a strange object in the clouds, coming from the north.” A contemporary report reads: “She called... Read more of this article

1965 Gemini III Shot Of Bermuda From Space

1965 Gemini III Shot Of Bermuda From Space

One of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, Virgil [Gus] Grissom was a regular visitor to Bermuda’s National Aeronautics & Space Administration tracking station during the early days of the American manned space programme — but in 1965 he enjoyed a view of the island few have witnessed before or since. Mr. Grissom [pictured here... Read more of this article

Close Encounters Of The Bermuda Kind

Close Encounters Of The Bermuda Kind

A 1953 flying saucer alert in Bermuda when US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and French Premier Joseph Laniel were preparing to meet at the Mid Ocean Club was laughed off by security personnel — who said any visiting aliens would be turned away from the exclusive Tucker’s Town property if they... Read more of this article

NASA Remembers Apollo 1 Flight Crew

NASA Remembers Apollo 1 Flight Crew

The US National Aeronautics & Space Administration yesterday [Jan. 27] paid tribute to three Apollo 1 astronauts killed 46 years ago in a Cape Canaveral launchpad blaze — two of whom had strong Bermuda ties. Virgil [Gus] Grissom, Roger B. Chaffee and Edward White died when a fire swept through their Apollo 1 capsule during a training mission... Read more of this article

Bermuda Role In Historic Orbital Flight

Bermuda Role In Historic Orbital Flight

A computer malfunction at the Bermuda tracking station on Cooper’s Island just six minutes before blast-off almost scrubbed John Glenn’s historic orbital flight around the earth on February 20, 1962. But the problem was quickly rectified and after three years of training, John Glenn rocketed into space aboard the National Aeronautics... Read more of this article

Astrochimp’s 1961 Bermuda Splashdown

Astrochimp’s 1961 Bermuda Splashdown

Chimpanzees are the forgotten link in America’s manned space programme — with the first, simian-piloted US space capsule to orbit the earth splashing down off Bermuda 50 years ago today [Nov. 29]. When the space programme was in its infancy in the early 1960s, the US National Aeronautics & Space Administration used chimps to test how... Read more of this article

Bermuda: ‘Unsung Heroes’ of Space Race

Bermuda: ‘Unsung Heroes’ of Space Race

Bermuda’s NASA tracking station, at the end of Mercury Road on Cooper’s Island, adjacent to Clearwater Park, lies abandoned now, most of the facilities dismantled. But Cooper’s Island still retains signs from its heyday which began with the US/Soviet “space race” and ended after a 1997 space shuttle innovation rendered the station... Read more of this article

49 Yrs Ago: Chimp’s Space Trip Ends in BDA

49 Yrs Ago: Chimp’s Space Trip Ends in BDA

Enos, NASA’s pioneering space chimp, splashed down off Bermuda 49 years ago today [Nov 29] after orbiting the earth twice and was brought to the island’s US Kindley Air Force Base to recuperate — paving the way for the manned orbital missions of the celebrated Mercury astronauts. Though they arguably were better at their jobs than... Read more of this article