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28th Anniversary Challenger Disaster
2014-01-28 12:09:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tuesday marks the 28th anniversary since tragedy struck NASA’s space shuttle program for the first time. On January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart just 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members on board. This accident shutdown shuttle operations for two-and-a-half years for an investigation and for developing the replacement, the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Investigators found that the O-ring seal in the...

Enterprise Officially On Display In New York
2012-07-19 15:05:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The retired space shuttle Enterprise is officially on display at its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's new Space Shuttle Pavilion in New York. The 150,000 pound spacecraft is now encased in the center of an inflatable dome, and is available to be viewed by visitors from just a few feet away. The shuttle made its way across Coney Island and underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as it headed towards its final...

2012-07-18 10:00:17

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will attend the Thursday opening of the Space Shuttle Pavilion at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Bolden, who on April 12, 2011, announced Intrepid would receive space shuttle Enterprise, will join museum officials and three of the four original Enterprise pilots at an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony on Intrepid´s Flight Deck, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in Manhattan. Immediately following the ceremony, officials will...

Space Shuttle Enterprise Makes Final Journey To New York
2012-04-28 03:38:06

For the second time this month, one of the venerable, retired NASA space shuttles embarked on a final journey, as Enterprise spent Friday being ferried by a modified Boeing 747 on a grand tour around a major US city before ultimately arriving at its final resting place. According to reports published by CBSNews.com, Enterprise completed a low-altitude flight over the Hudson River on Friday. Its flight took it past such historic landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air...

Engineer Who Tried To Stop Challenger Disaster Dead At 73
2012-02-08 05:41:53

Roger Boisjoly, who died on January 6 at 73-years-old, was an engineer who tried to stop space shuttle Challenger from launching in 1986. Boisjoly was an engineer at solid rocket booster manufacturer Morton Thiokol.  He started to warn NASA as early as 1985 that the joints in the boosters could fail in cold weather. He and four other space shuttle engineers argued on the eve of the launch in 1986 of the dangers the astronauts were facing. He found that in cold temperatures,...

NASA Transfers Enterprise Title to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City
2011-12-12 08:04:50

NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum during a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the museum in New York City. The transfer is the first step toward Intrepid receiving Enterprise in the spring of 2012. "NASA is proud to transfer the title of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum," said NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden. "The U.S.S. Intrepid had a rich history with NASA's mission, and...

2011-04-21 10:20:00

A White House official said Wednesday that President Barack Obama, along with his family, would be at the planned April 29 liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavour. This launch is the next-to-last planned flight of the 30-plus year old space shuttle program. The purpose of this flight will be to deliver the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS. A particle detector designed to detect dark matter, antimatter and other exotic phenomena from earth orbit. Also planning to be in attendance...

2011-04-12 12:50:00

On April 12, 1981, 20 years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human to reach space, NASA embarked on a new journey that would pave the way for space travel for three decades. Today marks the 30th anniversary of space shuttle Columbia becoming the first-ever reusable spacecraft after successfully piercing through the atmosphere to carry two astronauts into space. Columbia spent two days in space before performing a deorbit burn bringing the astronauts back on the same vessel they left on....

Latest Shuttle-C Reference Libraries

2012-03-03 12:37:51

The first flight of space shuttle Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 4, 1983 at 1:30 PM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 9, 1983 at 10:53 AM (PST). Challenger orbited 81 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.1 million miles. Mission duration was 5 days, 0 hours, 23 minutes, and 42 seconds. The launch was originally set for January 20 and was delayed by a hydrogen leak into the engine compartment...

2012-03-03 12:34:44

The fourth space shuttle mission launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 27, 1982 at 11:00 AM (EDT) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on July 4, 1982 at 9:09 AM (PDT). Columbia orbited 113 times at an altitude of 197 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.9 million miles. Duration of the mission was 7 days, 1 hour, and 31 seconds. The shuttle carried a classified Department of Defense payload, cargo included first Get Away Specials, (G-001) which contained...

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