Project HAL HAL stand for High Altitude Launch, and also a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The primary focus of this project was to build up some hands-on engineering experience by attempting to launch a rocket from a high altitude balloon.
Project LowRider Project to modify an engine hoist to allow it to fit under a CNC machine with only 3.5" of clearance.
The Salyut 7 repair mission A bold and highly successful attempt by the Soviets to repair a space station that had lost all communications as well as all electrical power. This story was largely unknown in the English-speaking world until this article.