Latest Atmospheric reentry Stories
Two days after losing a spatula that now circles Earth with other orbital trash, Discovery's astronauts will check Friday if any other space junk or tiny meteorites have dinged the shuttle's wing.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Discovery crew used a boom-mounted digital camera to re-inspect six areas on the shuttle's heat shield on Friday, but appeared confident problems that led to the 2003 Columbia disaster have been resolved.
When a NASA capsule hauling comet and interstellar dust plummets through the Earth's atmosphere this weekend, residents in large sweeps of the West will witness a cosmic spectacle.
Lockheed Martin, builder of the Genesis probe that crashed in the Utah desert in 2004, skipped a critical pre-launch test that would have uncovered a design flaw, an investigator said Friday.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's quest to resume space shuttle flights has slowed to a crawl at the Kennedy Space Center, where technicians were meticulously testing the fragile cloth strips that forced an unprecedented and risky spacewalk during the last shuttle mission.
NASA's quest to resume space shuttle flights has slowed to a crawl at the Kennedy Space Center, where technicians were meticulously testing the fragile cloth strips that forced an unprecedented and risky spacewalk during the last shuttle mission.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Scientists have lost an experimental "space parachute" after it came back to earth in the remote wilderness of Russia's Pacific seaboard, news agencies said on Saturday.
When the shuttle Discovery streaked into the clear, blue sky this summer, millions of Americans sat on the edges of their seats, staring in awe at computer screens and television sets.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - A spacewalking astronaut ventured to the bottom of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday for the first time and plucked two protruding cloth fillers from between ceramic tiles on the shuttle's heat shield.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Determined not to lose another space shuttle and crew, NASA on Monday decided to send one of Discovery's astronauts on a risky spacewalk to the ship's fragile underside to smooth protruding fibers in the heat shield.
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