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2009-02-26 09:07:17

The U.S. space agency says it has set a tentative launch date for space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said liftoff is provisionally set for March 12 but an exact target launch date will be determined as work progresses with the shuttle's three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves. NASA is attempting to identify what caused damage to a flow control valve on shuttle Endeavour during its November flight. The...

2009-02-21 13:01:33

The space shuttle Discovery's launch date remains uncertain, said NASA officials at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla. USA Today reported Saturday that National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials cannot agree on whether to launch the shuttle Friday, as tentatively planned, or wait until mid-March. The newspaper reported there are concerns about a critical set of valves on the shuttle that have repeatedly delayed the flight from its original Feb. 12 target date. The three valves...

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2009-02-13 15:45:00

In an unprecendented event, two satellites collided on Tuesday, creating thousands of pieces of potentially dangerous space debris. A US commercially-owned satellite collided with a crippled Russian military satellite in low-earth orbit. The commercial satellite was owned by Bethseda, Maryland-based Iridium Satellite LLC, which characterized the event as "extremely unusual." "We believe it's the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit," said Air Force Colonel Les Kodlick from...

2009-02-12 16:30:00

EXTON, Pa., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- To support the global space community in better understanding Tuesday's unprecedented collision between the Iridium 33 and Russian Cosmos communications satellites, Analytical Graphics, Inc., of Philadelphia, working with its Colorado Springs-based research arm the Center for Space Standards & Innovation, has used its software to reconstruct the event. To access videos, still images, and interactive AGI Viewer files, as well as additional technical...

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2009-02-12 10:25:00

Two satellites collided in orbit on Tuesday, prompting NASA to announce it to be the first collision of its kind in space. A US commercially-owned satellite collided with a crippled Russian military satellite in low-earth orbit. The commercial satellite was owned by Bethseda, Maryland-based Iridium Satellite LLC, which characterized the event as "extremely unusual." However, "the Iridium constellation is uniquely designed to withstand such an event, and the company is taking the necessary...

2009-02-12 01:46:32

For the first time, two intact communications satellites have collided in space above the Earth, NASA officials say. The space crash nearly 500 miles above ground created hundreds of pieces of debris Tuesday. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said its initial evaluation is the space garbage poses a very small though elevated risk to the International Space Station, which orbits about 220 miles above Earth, The Washington Post reported Thursday. NASA and Pentagon officials said...

2009-01-13 12:59:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education have selected the winner of the Antarctic habitat naming contest. The name "Resolution" took top honors in the "Name that Habitat" competition. The winning name was submitted by 9th grade students at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The exploration vessel Resolution was the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle in...

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2009-01-13 14:35:00

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education have selected the winner of the Antarctic habitat naming contest. The name "Resolution" took top honors in the "Name that Habitat" competition. The winning name was submitted by 9th grade students at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J. The exploration vessel Resolution was the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle in January 1773 and was under the command of Captain James Cook. Holy Cross students said the new habitat represents...

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2008-12-30 15:20:00

NASA on Tuesday revealed new details on the failed flight of space shuttle Columbia, which resulted in the deaths of seven astronauts on Feb. 1, 2003. The report provided a grim depiction of how the craft lost pressure, causing the crew's safety harnesses and helmets to fail. The report showed that even if they had worked properly, the crewmembers would have had no chance of surviving the winds, shock waves and other extreme conditions in the upper atmosphere. "Clearly the accident was not...

2008-12-07 00:05:00

The space shuttle Endeavour's departure from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for Florida was delayed Saturday due to technical problems, NASA said. Technicians found that three of eight pins used to secure an aerodynamic cone to the shuttle's tail were not the right size, the Los Angeles Times reported. National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokesman Alan Brown said the pins were just microscopically oversized, and technicians were able to reduce the pins to the proper size. The...


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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...

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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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