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  1. BillKerman123

    Realistic Soviet Lunar program leading to American manned Mars landing preferably without a POD before 1966

    So, I've been wondering what the possibilities are when it comes to creating a timeline for the N1 program that is a) realistic, and b) doesn't have a POD earlier than 1966. So, because I have no actual writing skills, I created this (rather literal) timeline, and I was wondering what some of...
  2. QueenofScots

    1989: A Space Timeline
    Threadmarks: I: STS-27

    This timeline can also be found on Sufficient Velocity. STS-27 Commander Howard “Skip” Johnson was the first to speak up. “We’re in deep shit.” The rest of the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis were in agreement. On the second day of mission STS-27, December 3rd 1988, an unusual request was...
  3. WI: A Space Shuttle Post-Columbia Accident Suffers Heatshield Damage

    So I believe the post-Columbia procedure for all flights but the two Hubble Missions was to essentially abort to the ISS if heatshield damage was detected. What I'm curious about is what would happen to the orbiter and astronauts in such a scenario. Would they keep the orbiter attached to the...
  4. Bomster

    The Space Program under a Bobby Kennedy Presidency

    IOTL, President Richard Nixon discontinued the Apollo Program and approved the development of what would become the Space Shuttle. However, assuming that Bobby Kennedy either enters the presidential race earlier or survives his assassination, and goes on to win both the primary and the general...
  5. The Dream Is Alive
    Threadmarks: I: Setting the Stage

    “The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow.”-Robert Goddard I: Setting the Stage For NASA, the mid-1970s had represented a lessening of the activities and work that it had once been in the 1960s in the push of the Space Race. No longer was NASA constantly...
  6. AHC/PC: SSTO - "Single Stage to Orbit" vehicle

    With a PoD later than 1956 create plausible scenario about the construction and launch of the SSTO. Can include everything except open, hot war between the US and the Soviet Union (nuclear wars, surviving/reforming Soviet Union, technocratic movements, Sino-Soviet War and Nixon winning 1960...
  7. Terror attack on multiple shuttles (Launch Complex 39), mid-1980's?

    This is sort of an AHC/WI/PC combination, or a more general discussion. How plausible would it be for at least two and possibly even three space shuttles to be irreparably damaged in some sort of covert terror attack (I don't know much about bombs, but some sort of planted firebombing, or...
  8. Alternate space shuttles

    Over in the "Carter lets the Space Shuttle die" thread the conversation has been drifting towards a more general discussion on alternate space shuttles. So here's a new thread for alternate space shuttles, I'm especially interested in what kind of alternatives would be possible with a PoD AFTER...
  9. WI: Carter lets the Space Shuttle die

    So according to this article on Ars Technica, in June of 1979, the Space Shuttle was in serious trouble. The program was suffering from serious budget over-runs and, if NASA funding were to remain the same or fall in line with the contraction of government spending that was on its way in 1980...
  10. AHC: A better US space program WITH a shuttle

    When considering AHs where the US space program enjoys a more fertile post-Apollo period, space shuttles (of any sort) are generally avoided. And yet, when reading the history of the space shuttle's development, there seem to be plenty of lost opportunities even after NASA had committed to...
  11. A successful, but late, N-1 rocket

    So we've discussed the Soviet N-1 moon rocket before, but usually those discussions have focused on the rocket succeeding in the 60s, allowing the Soviets to either win the moon race or at least score a close second... What I'd like to do here, is ignore the 60s, and focus on the results of the...
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