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2008-02-09 15:10:00

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. The linkup united 10 astronauts from the United States, Russia, Germany and France for the weeklong installation of the European Space Agency's Columbus research lab. The work begins Sunday, as the astronauts hoist the school bus-sized lab...

2008-02-07 16:02:26

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. Atlantis and its STS-122 astronaut crew thundered into space from a seaside launch pad here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, beginning an 11-day mission to deliver the European Space Agency's (ESA) Columbus laboratory to the ISS. "We know the Columbus...

2008-01-30 08:55:29

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. Whitson is wearing the spacesuit with red stripes as the lead spacewalker, while Tani is wearing the spacesuit with broken stripes. The spacewalk, in U.S. suits, began from the station's Quest airlock. Most of the spacewalk focuses on replacement of the motor, called the Bearing...

2008-01-29 08:18:59

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. ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Dan Tani will replace a broken joint motor at the base of the station's two starboard solar wings during a planned six-hour spacewalk. The solar wing has been unable to track the sun continuously since early December,...

2007-12-27 09:10:55

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. On the home front, NASA launched three shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS), where astronauts laid the framework for new European and Japanese laboratories set to fly next year even as they uncovered new glitches with the outpost's solar arrays. "I think that we have accomplished a lot post-Columbia, and that this last year...

2007-12-18 19:05:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- 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. The erratic shuttle fuel gauges - part of a critical safety system - forced back-to-back launch delays this month. Until Tuesday's tanking test, NASA had been aiming for a Jan. 10 liftoff of Atlantis with a European space station lab. "We're going to follow this trail...

2007-11-20 07:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- 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. Commander Peggy Whitson and Daniel Tani needed to hook up power and heater cables and fluid lines between the space station and the Harmony compartment that was delivered by the shuttle last month. The fluid lines - for carrying ammonia, a coolant - were in an 18 1/2-foot, 300-pound tray. The spacewalkers...

2007-10-25 18:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- 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. History was made with the 215-mile-high linkup: It was the first time two female commanders met in space. Retired Air Force Col. Pamela Melroy steered Discovery in for the docking and was the first to enter the space station. She was embraced by Peggy Whitson, the...

2007-06-16 18:20:00

By MIKE SCHNEIDER HOUSTON - Atlantis was cleared Saturday to return to Earth this coming week after the space shuttle's heat shield was judged capable of surviving the intense heat of re-entry, and a U.S. astronaut reached a milestone with the longest single spaceflight by any woman. Atlantis is set to land at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday, although NASA officials were still deciding whether to keep the shuttle at the international space station for an extra day because of a failure of...

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Peggy Whitson
2012-10-27 13:45:00

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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