Latest Atlantis' mission Stories

2009-11-16 14:04:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its six-member crew began an 11-day delivery flight to the International Space Station on Monday with a 2:28 p.m. EST launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle will transport spare hardware to the outpost and return a station crew member who spent more than two months in space. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Atlantis is carrying about 30,000 pounds...

2009-05-16 07:20:00

Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel completed the third spacewalk of Atlantis' mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 6 hours and 36 minutes, stepping smoothly through the difficult tasks of repairing a delicate camera and installing its most sensitive spectrograph ever. Grunsfeld and Feustel began the spacewalk at 8:35 a.m., removing the telescope's16-year-old "contact lens," the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR), and safely tucked it into the...

2008-12-08 10:09:46

The U.S. space agency has set May 12 as the target launch date for space shuttle Atlantis' mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The final servicing mission to Hubble was delayed in September when a data-handling unit on the telescope failed. But the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said engineers have since created a spare unit. The 11-day flight will feature five spacewalks to extend Hubble's life by refurbishing and upgrading the telescope with state-of-the-art science...

2008-09-29 18:00:12

The Hubble space telescope developed a problem storing and transmitting data during the weekend, delaying the next U.S. space shuttle launch, NASA said Monday. The U.S. space agency said next month's Atlantis mission was being postponed in case measures need to be taken to remedy the serious technical glitch that cropped up Saturday night. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said after the problem was first detected, an initial attempt to reset the telescope's science data...

2008-09-25 00:10:00

Seven astronauts climbed aboard their shuttle on Wednesday as they took part in a practice countdown for NASA's last shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.NASA is expected to delay the mission's start, originally scheduled for October 10, because of lost training time due to Hurricane Ike, and due to delays loading Hubble's new gear into space shuttle Atlantis."We're still working with the whole system to balance that," said commander Scott Altman. "In the end, I think we're going to...

2008-09-11 18:00:07

The U.S. space agency says it will move space shuttle Endeavour to a Kennedy Space Center launch pad to act as a safety stand-by for space shuttle Atlantis. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the move to Launch Pad 39B will occur next Thursday in preparation for shuttle Atlantis' mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Endeavour will stand by in the event a rescue mission is necessary following Atlantis' Oct. 10 launch. "After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as...

2008-06-14 12:00:00

Space shuttle Discovery and its crew landed at 11:15 a.m. EDT Saturday, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., completing a 14-day journey of more than 5.7 million miles in space. The STS-124 mission was the second of three flights to launch components to the International Space Station to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. Discovery delivered Kibo's tour bus-sized Japanese Pressurized Module, or JPM, which is the station's largest module. The mission included...

2006-09-21 06:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts glided to a safe landing in darkness early Thursday, ending a successful mission to return to work on the international space station. "Glad to be back. It was a great team effort. Assembly is off to a good start," said commander Brent Jett immediately after touchdown at Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. EDT. From 220 miles above Earth, astronaut Jeff Williams watched from the space station, where Atlantis had departed on...

2006-09-08 06:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis has been scrubbed until Saturday due to a problem with one of the vehicle's fuel system sensors. The new launch time is targeted for 11:14 a.m. EDT. Earlier in today's countdown, launch controllers detected a problem with one of the four ECO sensors inside the hydrogen portion the space shuttle's orange external tank. The sensors monitor hydrogen levels inside of the tank and trigger the orbiter's engines to shutdown when gas levels...

2005-08-09 06:18:00

By Irene Klotz and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The crew of space shuttle Discovery fired the spaceship's braking rockets to leave orbit on Tuesday and headed to California for the first shuttle landing attempt since the 2003 Columbia disaster. With good weather forecast for an 8:12 a.m. EDT (1212 GMT) touchdown at the backup landing site in California's Mojave Desert, shuttle commander Eileen Collins fired Discovery's twin engines for 2 minutes and 42 seconds,...

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