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NASA Columbia Space Shuttle Launched 32 Years Ago Today
2013-04-12 14:45:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Thirty-two years ago today, the world got a little smaller as the best access man has ever had to space began when the first space shuttle launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. April 12, 1981 Space Shuttle Columbia launched on the STS-1 mission, kickstarting over 30 years of science exploration, as well as a few tragic moments. Astronaut John Young was the mission commander that day. He was a veteran of four...

Discovery Laid To Rest At Smithsonian
2012-04-20 03:53:51

Space shuttle Discovery found its way to its retirement facility on Thursday at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Discovery landed in Washington D.C. on Tuesday after taking off for the last time in Florida aboard a modified Boeing 747 jet. The spacecraft rolled into its new home amidst thousands of people cheering for the 27-year-old space shuttle. "Today, while we look back at Discovery's amazing legacy, I also want to look forward to what she and the shuttle fleet...

2011-08-02 09:10:00

Authorities in an east Texas town have found what is likely debris from the space shuttle Columbia that disintegrated on its way from orbit in 2003, TV station KTRE is reporting. A large, metal, object appeared in the mud of Lake Nacogdoches, which is suffering from an ongoing drought as many lakes in the region are. The object is in an isolated area that is not easily accessible. "The lower water level has exposed a larger than normal area on the northern side of the lake", said NPD Sgt....

2011-04-05 09:05:00

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Comic strip artist Brian Basset has created a drawing depicting his characters, Red and Rover, racing alongside the space shuttle as it lands for the final time. After 30 years and more than 130 missions, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire later this year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A poster commemorating the Space Shuttle Program's 30th anniversary will feature Basset's cartoon and a patch...

2010-08-18 08:27:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut and Little League coach Terry Virts will be honored at this year's Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa. on Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at Volunteer Stadium. During his visit, Virts will make other appearances to educate and excite Williamsport youth about space exploration and NASA science research and technology that benefits life on Earth. Details of his appearances include: (Logo:...

2009-07-17 10:04:50

The shuttle Endeavour was to perform a backflip Friday so astronauts on the International Space Station can inspect it for damage before docking, NASA said. Station astronauts were to photograph the shuttle's underside for any damage suffered Wednesday during launch when pieces of thermal foam peeled off the external fuel tank, The New York Times reported Friday. A preliminary review Friday from a camera mounted on the shuttle's robotic arm showed minor dings in some thermal protection tiles,...

2009-05-23 16:00:00

President Obama will name retired Marine General and former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. as NASA administrator, according to a Los Angeles times report citing three congressional sources. If confirmed by the Senate, Bolden, who flew on the shuttle mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope, would be the first African American to lead the space agency.  Bolden, 62, flew more than 100 combat missions during the Vietnam War before joining NASA for four shuttle flights, two of...

2009-05-11 13:25:00

NASA's space shuttle Atlantis launched on Monday with plans to make critical repairs to the Hubble space telescope. Shuttle Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1401 EDT, carrying seven crewmembers that will take part in the fifth and final flight to repair Hubble. NASA's space shuttle program is expected to come to an end in 2010. Crewmembers arrived at the launch pad on Sunday as NASA told reporters that the weather provided a 90 percent chance of a successful launch on...

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...

Latest Space Shuttle Columbia Reference Libraries

Tamara Jernigan
2012-10-22 11:04:53

Tamara Jernigan is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut. She was born Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan on May 7, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA and graduated in 1977. She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1981 and a Master of Science degree in engineering science in 1983. While at Stanford, she was a member of the varsity volleyball team. Following her...

John Grunsfeld
2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then furthered his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in...

Joe Engle
2012-08-17 14:21:38

Joe Engle is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Joe Henry Engle on August 26, 1932 in Chapman, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. There he also received his commission in the Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Program. In 1957, Engle entered flying school and flew the F-100 Super Sabre with the 474th Fighter Day Squadron and the 309th Tactical...

2012-03-03 12:41:58

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 28, 1983 at 11:00 AM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on December 8, 1983 at 3:47 AM (PST). The shuttle orbited 167 times at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.3 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 24 seconds. This mission was the first time 6 people were carried into space on one shuttle, and it carried the first Spacelab mission and the first European crew member, Ulf Merbold of...

Robert Crippen
2012-01-17 18:03:01

Robert Crippen is an engineer, a retired United States Navy Captain, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Laurel Crippen on September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas. He was raised in Texas and graduated from New Caney High School, and then went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1960. Crippen was commissioned through the United States Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School Program, and became...

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