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2009-05-13 10:30:00

Crewmembers aboard space shuttle Atlantis continued their pursuit of the Hubble Telescope on Wednesday as they prepare to make contact with the observatory for the first time since March 2002. Shuttle commander Scott Altman will guide Atlantis close enough to Hubble so that astronaut Megan McArthur can grab it with the shuttle's robotic arm and lift it to the shuttle's cargo bay where astronauts will make a series of crucial repairs in the final upgrade mission to the telescope. Repairs and...

2009-05-12 20:05:00

The U.S. space agency said Tuesday the space shuttle Atlantis sustained minor damage after liftoff Monday, but the damage appeared to be minor. The shuttle crew performed a scheduled survey of the craft's heat shielding and observed what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration called a few dings that experts will continue to analyze. Flight Director Tony Ceccacci said the initial evaluation found the damage -- along an area of about 21 inches over four of the shuttle's thermal tiles...

2009-05-08 15:32:00

HAMPTON, Va., May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center have an added stake in this month's space shuttle mission. Not only are they part of the impact assessment and aerothermodynamic heating teams, one group will be watching Atlantis' return to earth, literally. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 crew is scheduled to launch Monday afternoon, May 11, and return May 22. It's rocketing to the...

2009-05-06 16:15:47

The U.S. space agency says it will air live high definition TV coverage of the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the high definition feed will be available beginning Friday at 12 p.m., EDT, with live images from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch coverage begins Monday at 8:30 a.m. EDT, with liftoff slated for 2:01 p.m. NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information...

2009-05-01 11:35:00

NASA plans to begin laying off about 900 employees over the next five years as its space shuttle program comes to a close in 2010. The first series of 160 employees affected by the job cuts were to be notified on Friday. Most consist of manufacturing jobs of contractors. "This is the first significant loss of manufacturing capability," said shuttle program manager John Shannon. The shuttle system is being phased out to make room for new Apollo-inspired capsules called Orion, set to be...

2009-04-23 14:35:00

NASA plans to advance its launch of space shuttle Atlantis to one day ahead of schedule in order to stay ahead of a military operation planned by the Air Force. By pushing up the launch date, NASA will avoid having to wait more than a week if it were to launch after the Air Force operation launch from nearby Cape Canaveral. NASA program managers will decide next week whether or not to approve the new shuttle launch date of May 11. Leroy Cain, deputy space shuttle program manager, told...

2009-04-17 08:41:50

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, has released its 2008 annual report. The report examines NASA's safety performance and advises agency and government leaders on ways to improve performance. The ASAP is an independent group of experts that has been evaluating NASA's safety performance and advising the agency on ways to improve that performance since it was established in 1968. "The panel members believe NASA and the new administration stand at a critical crossroads for the...

2009-03-26 15:05:00

HOUSTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For 21 years and 100 shuttle missions, Mission Control has been graced with a bouquet of roses, displayed proudly amid trademark data screens and tracking maps. Delivered during each mission, the flowers come with a simple card wishing all well. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) They have become a staple for the team in Houston, and they have become a tradition for a family near Dallas. The bouquets include a rose of...

2009-03-10 06:15:00

On Monday, Iridium Satellite LLC said that it has moved a spare satellite into the orbit of the one that was destroyed during the collision with a Russian satellite a month ago. The crash with the decommissioned Russian military communications satellite took place on February 9th. Iridium said it had reconfigured its remaining 65 active satellites afterwards to cover the hole in the worldwide satellite-phone coverage left by the crash. The Bethesda, Md. based company said on Monday, that it...

2009-03-09 07:59:00

BETHESDA, Md., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, the company completed the replacement of the operational Iridium satellite lost in the collision three weeks ago with a non-operational Russian satellite. The unique architecture of Iridium's fully-meshed network of 66 satellites enabled the continuity of service to Iridium's customers while one of Iridium's in-orbit spares was prepared and maneuvered into the constellation. "I am...

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2012-03-10 09:17:29

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...

2012-03-10 08:50:43

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985 at 2:50 PM EST and landed at Kennedy on January 27 at 4:23 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 49 times at an altitude of 220 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 1.3 million miles. The mission lasted 3 days, 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 23 seconds. The launch scheduled for January 23 was scrubbed due to freezing weather conditions. (Orbiter Challenger was scheduled for Mission 51-C but thermal tile problems...

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