Latest Shuttle–Mir Program Stories

2014-06-02 12:22:37

HAMPTON, Va., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, June 3 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, former manager of operations for the International Space Station (ISS), Jim Van Laak will present "Putting the I in ISS: Fostering Space Cooperation with the Russians" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Van Laak will present a firsthand account of how two major spacefaring nations came together...

2012-04-19 11:31:32

Focuses on Bold New Era of Space Exploration NASA transferred space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum during a ceremony Thursday, April 19, at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. "Today, while we look back at Discovery's amazing legacy, I also want to look forward to what she and the shuttle fleet helped to make possible," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "As NASA transfers the shuttle orbiters to museums across the country, we...

NASA Wanting To Simulate Mars Trip Aboard ISS
2012-03-22 11:35:27

NASA said on Tuesday that it is considering a way to use the International Space Station as a dry run for a simulated manned Mars trip. NASA's space station program manager Mike Suffredini said that before astronauts reach beyond low-Earth orbit, they will need to spend more than six months aboard the space station at a time, possibly over 16 months. Russia and ESA performed a mock test flight to Mars (Mars500) that lasted 520 days at a Moscow research center. During this trial, six...

Shannon Lucid Retires From NASA
2012-02-01 05:38:34

Shannon Lucid, a member of NASA's first astronaut class to include women, has retired after more than three decades of service to the agency. A veteran of five spaceflights, Lucid logged more than 223 days in space, and from August 1991 to June 2007, held the record for the most days in orbit by any woman in the world. Lucid is the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Mir space station. She lived and worked there for more than 188 days, the longest stay of any American on that...

2011-07-27 09:37:30

Bryan O'Connor, NASA's chief of safety and mission assurance since 2002, has announced plans to retire from the agency on Aug. 31. "Bryan is a fellow Marine, trusted advisor and friend I have been privileged to serve with off and on since our years as plebes at the U.S. Naval Academy," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "I am deeply grateful for his vigilance over the safety and well-being of NASA's people and its work. His concern and commitment have encompassed not just the space...

2011-07-21 11:57:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, salutes today's return of orbiter Atlantis and the NASA human spaceflight team for this historic mission and 30 years of flight for an American icon. Blazing into orbit in 1981, NASA's space shuttle fleet has provided an unrivaled payload return capability, the transport of more than 350 astronauts, the delivery and on-orbit maintenance of space assets, and the assembly of the largest...

2011-07-19 09:00:00

The last flight of the US space shuttle program turned towards home early this morning when Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley pulled away from the International Space Station (ISS) as they orbited about 250 miles over the Pacific Ocean, Reuters is reporting. Undocking was sounded, as tradition dictates, by a bell being rung out on the station, and speeches from Ferguson and Ron Garan, the lead NASA resident on the outpost. "Atlantis departing the International Space...

2011-07-18 10:20:00

As the shuttle Atlantis noses back towards planet Earth, many would-be astronauts will look towards the stars and wonder if their chance to fly in orbit will ever be fulfilled. US astronauts will, for the immediate future, have to hitch a ride on the Russian Soyuz rocket, renting one of two available seats on the Soyuz, with a third seat on the space vehicle already taken up by pilot at more than $50 million per seat. A new US space craft will be ready to fly sometime around 2015, AFP is...

Latest Shuttle–Mir Program Reference Libraries

Vladimir Dezhurov
2012-09-03 07:41:01

Vladimir Dezhurov is a former Russian cosmonaut who has performed nine spacewalks. He was born Vladimir Nikolayevich Dezhurov on July 30, 1962 in Yavas, Zubovo-Polyansky District, Mordovia, Russia. Dezhurov attended the S.I. Gritsevits Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School, where he graduated with a pilot engineer’s diploma in 1983. After graduating, Dezhurov served as a pilot and senior pilot in the Russian Air Force. In 1987, he was assigned to the Cosmonaut Training Center, where he...

2012-05-12 09:29:42

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 12 at 7:30 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on November 20, 1995 at 12:01 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 213 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 44 seconds. STS-74 marked the second docking of a U.S. Space Shuttle to the Russian Space Station Mir, continuing Phase I activities leading to construction of International...

2012-05-12 09:25:13

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on June 27, 1995 at 3:32 PM EDT and landed at Kennedy on July 7 at 10:54 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 153 times at an altitude of 170 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 4.1 million miles. The mission lasted 9 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes, and 17 seconds. STS-71 marked a number of historic firsts in human spaceflight: 100th U.S. human space launch conducted from the Cape; first U.S. space shuttle-Russian Space Station Mir...

2011-04-11 13:32:37

Franklin Diaz Franklin Diaz is a Costa Rican-American engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. He was born Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz on April 5, 1950 in San José, Costa Rica. His father is of Chinese descent and his mother is of Spanish and Costa Rican descent. He studied at La Salle School, and then he moved to the United States to finish high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1973, and later went...

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