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WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA announced Thursday that astronaut Rick Sturckow will serve as a backup commander for the STS-134 space shuttle mission to facilitate continued training for the crew and support teams during STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly's absence.
NASA announced Thursday that astronaut Rick Sturckow will serve as a backup commander for the STS-134 space shuttle mission to facilitate continued training for the crew and support teams during STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly's absence.
There are four opportunities at two landing sites to bring space shuttle Discovery and its crew home to Earth today after a flight to resupply the International Space Station and deliver a new crew member.
NASA space shuttle Capcom Tony Antonelli informed Discovery commander Rick Sturckow about a possible conjunction with debris from a portion of an Ariane 5 rocket body.
NASA says astronauts Danny Olivas and Nicole Stott have completed the first spacewalk of space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station. The astronauts, who began the STS-128 spacewalk at 5:49 p.m. EDT Tuesday, completed their tasks at 12:24 a.m.
The rotating support structure was rolled away from the shuttle Discovery Friday in preparation for a night launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., NASA said. The shuttle was targeted for liftoff at 11:59 EDT with no issues reported that could affect the launch, NASA officials said. A launch Tuesday was delayed
U.S. astronaut Nicole Stott is scheduled to make her first journey into orbit to spend three months aboard the International Space Station, NASA said. She will be aboard space shuttle Discovery when it launches Aug. 25 at 1:36 a.m.
NASA's next space shuttle mission will carry two California- born astronauts into orbit.
NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-128. The flight will carry science and storage racks to the International Space Station.
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