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The NASA official who presided over Columbia's doomed re-entry - and who will make the final call about whether Discovery should launch Tuesday - said he is confident this will be a safe flight despite lingering questions about wing imperfections.
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander today accomplished the first and largest of six course corrections planned during the spacecraft's flight from Earth to Mars.
The future of the Hubble Space Telescope hangs in the balance today in Washington as top NASA managers weigh the feasibility and risks of sending shuttle astronauts on a fifth and final servicing mission to the observatory.
NASA makes its fifth attempt to get Atlantis off the launch pad at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday. If the mission is scrubbed again, the space agency must abandon for a few weeks its efforts to send the shuttle off on a construction mission at the international space station.
NASA picked Lockheed Martin Corp. on Thursday as the prime contractor to build the Orion spaceship, which will replace the aging shuttle fleet and take astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA pressed ahead on Saturday with plans for a Sunday launch of the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis, despite mounting concerns that stormy weather in Florida could cause delays. The mission, set for liftoff at 4:30 p.m.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's next space shuttle crew arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Monday for a dress rehearsal of the late August launch of a mission to restart construction of the International Space Station.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts from the International Space Station floated outside their orbital home for a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk on Thursday to prepare the half-built complex for future construction.
By Deborah Zabarenko and Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday to end a nine-day visit that included three spacewalks and a repair critical to resuming construction of the half-finished space outpost.
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 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 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...
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 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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