Video: 'Skylab 4 Part 2 CBS News Coverage of Launch' (launch at 10:19)
(Friday, November 16, 1973, 9:01:23 EST; part of NASA’s Skylab program) — Three rookie American astronauts rocketed safely into orbit this morning to start man’s longest space voyage, an 84-day “holiday cruise” aboard the Skylab space station. It was the third and final manned mission to the station.
Video: 'President John F. Kennedy's 63rd News Conference - October 31, 1963'
(Thursday, October 31, 1963, 4:00 p.m. EDT; during the Cold War and Space Race) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy told a news conference today that he “would not make any bets at all upon Soviet intentions” despite Premier Khrushchev’s statement that his country would not race to the moon but, rather, would profit from American experience in that field. Read more on Kennedy questions whether Soviet Union abandoning moon race 50 years ago this hour (1963)…
Video: 'John F. Kennedy (USA), General Assembly (20 September 1963)'
(Friday, September 20, 1963, 11:00 a.m. EDT) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy urged in a major policy speech before the United Nations today that the United States and Russia become partners in space and put a man on the moon together as a positive step toward ending the Cold War.
Kennedy told the 18th UN General Assembly session that East and West could engage in a “contest of achievement instead of intimidation.”
Video: Sally Ride: AMERICA'S FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE -- JUNE 18, 1983
(Saturday, June 18, 1983, 7:33 a.m. EDT) — Astronaut Sally K. Ride, 32, became America’s first woman in space today as she and four colleagues (commander Robert L. Crippen, pilot Frederick H. Hauck and Ride’s fellow mission specialists John M. Fabian and Norman E. Thagard) blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger on a six-day mission.
Video: 'Skylab - The First 40 Days (1973)' (May 25, 1973, at 6:47)
(Friday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. EDT, part of NASA’s Skylab program) — Three American astronauts rocketed from earth this morning on an unprecedented mission to salvage the crippled Skylab space station and make it their orbital home for a record 28 days.
Video: '"The flight of Faith 7" - Gordon Cooper and NASA's last Mercury spaceflight' (liftoff at 9:57)
(Wednesday, May 15, 1963, 8:04:13 a.m. EST, part of NASA’s Project Mercury) — Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off this morning aboard Faith 7 today on the final mission of the Project Mercury space program.
Video: 'Apollo Skylab 1 Launch May 14, 1973.mp4' (liftoff at 4:40)
(Monday, May 14, 1:30:00 p.m. EST, part of NASA’s Skylab program) — Skylab, the United States’ first space station, soared into earth orbit today to serve as a giant “cabin in the sky” for nine astronauts in the next eight months. The first three-man crew would ride another rocket into space on May 25, 1973, to link up with the station.