NASA has successfully launched over 100 manned flights. A number have ended in failure, in some cases causing the death of the crew, such as Apollo 1 in 1967, STS-51-L (the Challenger disaster) in 1986, and STS-107 (the Columbia disaster) in 2003:
On May 7, 2009 the Obama Administration announced the launch of an independent review of planned U.S. human space flight activities with the goal of ensuring that the nation is on a vigorous and sustainable path to achieving its boldest aspirations in space. The review will be conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts led by Norman Augustine, the former CEO of Lockheed Martin, who served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Democratic and Republican presidents.
The "Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans" is to examine ongoing and planned National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) development activities, as well as potential alternatives, and present options for advancing a safe, innovative, affordable, and sustainable human space flight program in the years following Space Shuttle retirement. The panel will work closely with NASA and will seek input from Congress, the White House, the public, industry, and international partners as it develops its options. It is to present its results in time to support an Administration decision on the way forward by August 2009.
Sun observing missions
Great Observatories program
Canceled planetary-asteroid missions
Discovery Channel program
In 2008, Discovery Channel aired a six-part documentary on the NASA missions, entitled "When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions." Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, the mini-series uses never before seen footage exclusively from NASA's film vault.
Published - July 2009
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