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2011-06-29 05:05:00

NASA said on Tuesday that its final space shuttle launch will take place on July 8. The space agency's managers met at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday and confirmed the date as the last launch for space shuttle Atlantis. Atlantis will fly to the International Space Station with a year's worth of supplies.  NASA said this will be enough supplies to keep the station running if private U.S. companies fall behind in their effort to launch their own cargo ships. "This flight is incredibly...

2011-06-28 14:02:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Atlantis' Commander Chris Ferguson and his three crewmates are scheduled to begin a 12-day mission to the International Space Station with a launch at 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-135 mission is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The launch date was announced Tuesday at the conclusion of a...

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2011-06-01 05:25:00

Space shuttle Endeavour and its six-astronaut crew sailed home for the final time, ending a 16-day journey of more than 6.5 million miles with a landing at 2:34 a.m. EDT on Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-134 was the last mission for the youngest of NASA's space shuttle fleet. Since 1992, Endeavour flew 25 missions, spent 299 days in space, orbited Earth 4,671 times and traveled 122,883,151 miles. "We are very proud of Endeavour's legacy, and this penultimate flight...

2011-06-01 01:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Endeavour and its six-astronaut crew sailed home for the final time, ending a 16-day journey of more than 6.5 million miles with a landing at 2:35 a.m. EDT on Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) STS-134 was the last mission for the youngest of NASA's space shuttle fleet. Since 1992, Endeavour flew 25 missions, spent 299 days in space,...

2011-05-30 07:39:27

The four astronauts for the final space shuttle mission, STS-135, will answer reporters' questions at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 31, as shuttle Atlantis is moved to its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The question-and-answer session will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim will take questions outside Kennedy's news center while Atlantis moves in...

2011-03-08 14:18:25

NASA will preview the final space shuttle missions during media events on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. On March 23, reporters are invited to a media availability with three of the four STS-135 crew members who will fly aboard Atlantis on the final shuttle flight in June. STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus will demonstrate a shuttle rendezvous and docking to the International...

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2010-06-15 07:29:04

As the ISS circles Earth, it has begun tracking individual ships crossing the seas beneath. An experiment hosted by ESA's Columbus module is testing the viability of monitoring global traffic from the Station's orbit hundreds of kilometers up. The ship-detection system under test is based around the Automatic Identification System (AIS), the marine equivalent of the air traffic control system.  All international vessels, cargo ships above certain weights and passenger carriers of all...

2010-05-26 08:21:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Atlantis and six astronauts ended a 12-day journey of more than 4.8 million miles with an 8:48 a.m. EDT landing Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last scheduled flight for Atlantis. The mission, designated STS-132, delivered the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 to the...

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2010-05-25 10:10:00

Space shuttle Atlantis is winding down its final mission after a quarter-century of flight. Commander Kenneth Ham of the current mission said that Atlantis has spent about 300 days in orbit over 32 missions, and traveled 120 million miles.  The STS-132 crew took along a small U.S. flag that actually flew on Atlantis' first flight. "Atlantis is just a fabulous ship," Ham's co-pilot, Dominic "Tony" Antonelli told the Associated Press (AP). "If this ends up being space shuttle Atlantis'...

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2010-05-14 14:25:00

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off for its final voyage on Friday at 1:20 pm, rocketing six astronauts and a full shipment of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Over 60,000 guests descended on the Kennedy Space Center and the roads leading into it, all of them eager to witness Atlantis' last launch.  Mike Leinbach, NASA's shuttle launch director, gave the final go for launch. "On behalf of all the manufacturing, processing, flight and launch teams that have worked on...


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Sunita Williams
2012-10-29 09:16:39

Sunita Williams is an American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman. She was born Sunita Pandya Krishna on September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio to parents of Indian and Slovenian decent. She graduated from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts in 1983, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. She was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

James Shelton Voss
2012-10-27 14:01:58

James Shelton Voss is a retired NASA astronaut as well as a retired United States Army Colonel. Voss now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at SpaceDev. On March 3, 1949, Voss was born in Cordova, Alabama but later moved to Opelika, Alabama to live and be raised by his grandparents. He went on to join the wrestling team at Opelika High School and after graduating, he went on to join the wrestling at Auburn University. There, he also was elected as Chapter President of the Theta Xi...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Rex Walheim
2012-10-27 13:23:11

Rex Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Rex Joseph Walheim on October 10, 1962 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1980 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The following April, he was assigned to work as a missile warning operations crew...

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