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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...

2009-03-26 14:20:00

Space shuttle Discovery astronauts conducted one final inspection of the shuttle on Thursday as it prepares for its trip back to Earth following an eight-day visit to the International Space Station. Crewmembers guided a robotic arm attached to a 50-foot boom to inspect Discovery for any damage from micrometeorites while docked with the orbiting outpost. The procedure became routine after the 2003 Columbia disaster killed seven astronauts. Discovery and the space station closed their...

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...

2008-11-17 07:40:00

Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station on Sunday carrying a crew of seven astronauts with a mission to update the station's living quarters. The shuttle carried 14,000 pounds of materials to allow the station to accommodate six crewmembers instead of the current three. "Can't wait to open the hatch, guys, and welcome you aboard," said station commander Mike Fincke. "International Space Station is indeed ready for extreme home makeover." Astronaut Gregory...

2008-06-02 00:15:00

Astronauts on board shuttle Discovery performed a wing inspection on Sunday while en route to the international space station.Astronauts were forced to perform the routine check without help from their 50-foot laser-tipped inspection boom because there wasn't enough room on board due to the enormous 32,000-pound Japanese lab that fills its payload bay.Instead, they used the ship's 50-foot robot arm to take camera images of the upper edges of the wings so that engineers on Earth could check...

2008-03-24 17:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Shuttle Endeavour pulled away from the international space station on Monday and headed for home after a heartfelt farewell between the two crews. It culminated 12 days of shared work, the longest mission ever of its kind. The 10 space travelers performed a record-tying five spacewalks, put together a space station robot and provided a new Japanese compartment "” and resident "” for the orbiting complex. "In my mind, in my view, it's been an...

2008-03-22 06:50:00

Astronauts aboard the space station inspected the heat shield of the shuttle Endeavour on Friday, following an overnight spacewalk in which they tested a gooey material developed by NASA to repair a breach in the spacecraft's thermal armor. The crew is now preparing for a Saturday spacewalk to store on the station the laser-tipped boom they used to search for damage. Endeavour's seven astronauts are due to depart the orbital outpost Monday night after 12 days spent assembling a...

2008-03-21 00:00:00

Two spacewalking astronauts, working outside the international space station late Thursday, wrapped up tests with a gooey repair material for damaged shuttle heat shielding that NASA hopes it never has to use. The testing was a milestone of sorts in NASA's efforts to rebound from the fatal 2003 breakup of the shuttle Columbia, a tragedy blamed on undetected breach of the thermal armoring. The pink caulk-like material offered few surprises as astronauts Mike Foreman and Bob Behnkensquirted it...

2008-02-16 05:10:00

NASA will make landing sites in California as well as Florida available to the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday to hasten its return to Earth before the Pentagon attempts to shoot down a rogue spy satellite. Normally, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida serves as the shuttle's primary landing site. Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., northeast of Los Angeles, serves as a backup, available to shuttle crews when the weather in Florida is unfavorable. "We will open (Edwards) to ensure we land at...

2008-02-01 16:20:00

Family and friends of the Columbia astronauts gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today to pay tribute to the seven fliers who perished five years ago when their space ship broke apart as it descended to Earth. The Feb. 1, 2003 breakup of Columbia, which was 16 minutes from reaching the runway at the Florida shuttleport, rained debris across East Texas. Under a sunlit sky early today, some of those closest to the Columbia astronauts gathered at the Space Mirror Memorial, a...

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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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