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They were inspired by the astronauts who came before them, and now it was their turn to be inspirations. Three members of the space shuttle Discovery crew encouraged a rapt audience of children and adults to follow their passions, and work at what they loved.
By Nichola Groom EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely on Tuesday, successfully completing NASA's troubled resumption of human space flight 2 1/2 years after the Columbia disaster.
At times, the Discovery mission conjured up memories of Apollo 13 for the ingenuity required of the astronauts and flight controllers. In an ever-changing, ever-challenging flight, NASA chief Michael Griffin called this group of seven astronauts true test pilots - and brave.
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.
By Irene Klotz and Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Cloudy skies over its Florida landing site on Monday forced NASA to postpone the space shuttle Discovery's return to Earth, prolonging by at least a day the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Cloudy skies over its Florida landing site on Monday forced NASA to postpone the return to Earth of space shuttle Discovery, prolonging by at least a day the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster.
By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery's astronauts awoke late on Sunday for their last few hours in space before a scheduled pre-dawn landing, and the weather forecast looked good for an on-time touch-down. Awakened at 8:30 p.m.
Eileen Collins is a retired American astronaut and a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. She was born Eileen Marie Collins on November 19, 1956 in Elmira, New York. She was born to Irish immigrants and had three siblings, and she has been intrigued by pilots and astronauts since her childhood. In 1974, she graduated from Elmira Free Academy and went on to earn her Associate’s degree in Mathematics and Science at a community college. She then graduated from Syracuse University with her...
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