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Image 1 - Shuttles To Be In The Forever Homes By Year's End
2012-03-07 11:46:40

By the end of this year, NASA's space shuttles will be in their new homes. Recently, the shuttles were on the move as part of the transition and retirement (T&R) activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Feb. 1, NASA Vehicle Manager for T&R Bart Pannullo watched as shuttle Endeavour was backed out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and towed to Orbiter Processing Facility-2 (OPF-2). The next day, shuttle Atlantis made an appearance outside the VAB as it was...

Discovery Powered Down One Last Time
2011-12-19 12:57:33

NASA powered down its space shuttle Discovery for the final time last Friday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vehicle was "unplugged" inside Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) in Florida.  The shutdown came soon after technicians closed the shuttle's twin 60-foot long payload bay doors. Discovery is going to be set on display next spring at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The shuttle's three...

2011-10-31 14:50:18

Boeing to Build Commercial Spacecraft at Kennedy, Create 550 Jobs In an innovative agreement that will create new jobs, NASA today announced a partnership with Space Florida to occupy, use and modify Kennedy Space Center's Orbiter Processing Facility-3, the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility and Processing Control Center. "The next era of space exploration won't wait, and so we can't wait for Congress to do its job and give our space program the funding it needs. That's why...

2011-07-21 13:39:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully touched down at the Kennedy Space Center today, marking the end of the final Space Shuttle mission of the program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) The orbiter was greeted on the runway by a team of United Space Alliance (USA) employees who immediately set about safing the vehicle and preparing it for its trip back to the orbiter processing facility. "For the past 15...

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2011-06-24 09:36:14

By Anna Heiney, NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center When space shuttle astronauts are living and working in Earth orbit, their mission -- and, ultimately, their lives -- depend on all the shuttle orbiter's systems and controls working exactly as expected. From the time a shuttle lands after a mission until it launches on its next spaceflight, a small group of specially certified United Space Alliance aerospace technicians called spacecraft operators act as the eyes, ears and hands of the test...

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2005-03-29 14:00:00

NASA -- NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery is one important step closer to launch. Discovery was rolled from its hangar early this morning to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Discovery will be attached to its propulsion elements, a redesigned External Tank (ET) and twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Space Shuttle Program," said Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager. "This effort has taken a talented team...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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