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2005-08-19 11:33:17

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery began the return journey to its Florida home port from its landing site in California on Friday, riding piggyback on top of a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Discovery on August 9 completed NASA's first shuttle mission since its sister ship, Columbia, blew apart over Texas in February 2003, but had to land at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert because of thunderstorms at Cape Canaveral. NASA prefers to...

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2005-08-17 17:20:00

MELBOURNE, Florida -- NASA's efforts to resume shuttle flights were tainted by some of the same problems that caused the 2003 Columbia disaster, seven members of an oversight task force wrote in a minority opinion attached to the panel's final report released on Wednesday. "It is difficult to be objective based on hindsight, but it appears to us that lessons that should have been learned have not been," wrote seven of the 26 members who oversaw how NASA implemented the recommendations of...

2005-08-11 17:27:30

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - There is virtually no chance of a shuttle launch in September because of difficulty resolving fuel tank problems that triggered the 2003 loss of Columbia and reappeared during the recent Discovery mission, a top NASA manager said on Thursday. Engineers resumed work on the shuttle's fuel tank after watching video and pictures of several large pieces of foam flying off the tank as Discovery soared into orbit on July 26. Unlike the...

2005-08-10 14:31:26

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery appears to have suffered very little damage on its latest mission, though a detailed analysis is yet to be completed, a NASA spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "It's one of the cleanest vehicles they've ever seen," said Leslie Williams, a spokeswoman at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Discovery landed at Edwards on Tuesday, capping a 14-day mission that marked NASA's return to human space flight. The shuttle...

2005-08-10 14:30:00

LOS ANGELES -- Shuttle Discovery appears to have suffered very little damage on its latest mission, though a detailed analysis is yet to be completed, a NASA spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "It's one of the cleanest vehicles they've ever seen," said Leslie Williams, a spokeswoman at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Discovery landed at Edwards on Tuesday, capping a 14-day mission that marked NASA's return to human space flight. The shuttle program had...

2005-08-09 13:33:11

By Nichola Groom EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely on Tuesday, successfully completing NASA's troubled resumption of human space flight 2 1/2 years after the Columbia disaster. NASA officials appeared visibly relieved after the problem-free landing, which may be the shuttle's last flight for some time. The fleet was grounded after the U.S. space agency's recent safety upgrades failed to prevent...

2005-08-09 07:14:03

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, returning to Earth after the first shuttle mission since the destruction of sister ship Columbia in 2003.

2005-08-08 21:40:38

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery, prevented from returning to Earth by bad weather on Monday, prepared for a second day of landing opportunities to conclude the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. "We sure hope we get our feet on the ground today," astronaut Wendy Lawrence told mission controllers in Houston after the crew's evening wake-up call. Flight controllers decided against two landing opportunities...

2005-08-07 21:26:28

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery's astronauts awoke late on Sunday for their last few hours in space before a scheduled pre-dawn landing, and the weather forecast looked good for an on-time touch-down. Awakened at 8:30 p.m. (1230 GMT), the seven crew members immediately began preparing for their expected landing at 4:47 a.m. (0847 GMT) on Monday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "We're getting ready here and we're looking forward to coming home,"...

2005-08-07 05:59:09

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts gave their spacecraft a final inspection on Sunday and said they were confident of a safe return to Earth on the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. They checked out flight control systems and used a laptop computer to practice landings before Monday's touchdown in Florida. "Discovery is in absolutely great shape," shuttle commander Eileen Collins said in a media interview from space. "I'm pretty confident about...


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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...

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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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