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The shuttle Atlantis docked with the international space station today, delivering a $2.1 billion European science module and a new tenant. The two spacecraft linked 220 miles over the South Pacific Ocean, southwest of Australia, just before 11 a.m. CST.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After two months of delay, a new Columbus voyage set sail aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis Thursday as seven astronauts rocketed toward the International Space Station (ISS) with a European-built lab.
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani are replacing a motor at the base of one of the International Space Station's solar wings during a spacewalk that began at 4:56 a.m. EST Wednesday.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing for a Wednesday spacewalk to restore some of the power-generating ability of the orbiting laboratory's expansive solar wings.
It's been a busy year for spaceflight in the U.S. and around the world, with an even more ambitious slate ahead for 2008.
NASA on Tuesday traced fuel gauge failures in shuttle Atlantis' tank to a bad connector, and a top manager said he did not know how long it would take to replace the part or when the spaceship might fly.
Two astronauts went out on a spacewalk Tuesday to wire up the international space station's newest room and keep the next shuttle visit on track for early December.
Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery and the international space station joined forces Thursday, linking their ships and kicking off the biggest construction job ever attempted by a single team in orbit.
U.S. astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams set a record for the longest single spaceflight by any woman. Williams, who has lived at the space station since December, surpassed the record of 188 days set by astronaut Shannon Lucid at the Mir space station in 1996.
Peggy Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher and one of NASA’s most experienced female astronauts after having spent a total of over 365 days in space. She was born Peggy Annette Whitson on February 9, 1960 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and grew up on a farm outside Beaconsfield. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1978 and went on to attend Iowa Wesleyan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry in 1981. She then went on to receive...
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