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Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery on Friday prepared to leave the International Space Station, confident they had a safe ship for the return home and that another crew would soon return to resume station assembly.
Astronauts on shuttle Discovery took time off on Thursday to enjoy the ride after they completed the main work of their planned 13-day spaceflight.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Monday to fix a transport system needed to complete the half-finished $100 billion orbital outpost.
Astronauts on shuttle Discovery expressed confidence in their spacecraft on Sunday after NASA engineers said problems found since last week's launch appear minor enough to withstand the rigors of landing.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - A few nagging safety issues remain, but NASA engineers said on Sunday the problems found on shuttle Discovery since its Tuesday launch appear to be minor enough not to need repair.
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The first spac
The Discovery crew used a boom-mounted digital camera to reinspect six suspect areas on the shuttle's heat shield on Friday, but were confident the problems that led to the 2003 Columbia disaster have been resolved.
Astronauts on Discovery said on Friday they were happy with the spacecraft's performance, which was good news for NASA since more trouble with the shuttle could force the space agency to scrap the program.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on the shuttle Discovery awoke to their first full day in space on Wednesday and prepared to inspect their orbiter for damage after launching from Florida on a flight NASA hopes will get the troubled U.S. space program back on track.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's top safety officer on Wednesday said he won't appeal a decision to clear shuttle Discovery for liftoff next week, even though he has nagging concerns about the spaceship's safety.
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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