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2005-08-07 02:40:25

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts tested shuttle flight systems and used a laptop computer to practice landing Sunday as they prepared to return to Earth in the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. They fired steering jets, checked out flight controls and remotely jiggled the spacecraft's rudder in an inspection before a planned landing Monday in Florida that will have NASA holding its breath. Discovery passed Sunday's tests with flying colors....

2005-08-06 18:40:54

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The shuttle Discovery sailed away from the International Space Station on Saturday while NASA braced for the first landing since the crew of Columbia died minutes before they were due to touch down in February 2003. "We are going to be pretty darn happy to get to wheels stop and see this good crew step off," said lead flight director Paul Hill. "It'll be a huge sense of accomplishment having gotten through the last two years and demonstrated that we still...

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2005-08-06 18:41:32

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The man ultimately responsible for bringing Discovery's astronauts safely home doesn't talk about his feelings. NASA chief Michael Griffin favors reason over emotion. He chooses straight talk over spin. He sees himself as the rational "Spock" of Star Trek. A 55-year-old rocket scientist with a pile of academic degrees, Griffin was put in charge of the space agency after almost all the crucial decisions had been made about what to fix and what to ignore on the shuttle...

2005-08-06 10:48:25

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday and glided off on its own in the first step toward the shuttle's risky return to Earth. With pilot Jim Kelly at the controls, the spacecraft unlatched from the docking port, then eased away from the station that it joined in space on July 28. Kelly looped Discovery once around the station while his crew mates snapped photographs of the station's exterior for inspection later by NASA...

2005-08-06 07:36:47

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday and glided off on its own in the first step toward the shuttle's risky return to Earth. With pilot Jim Kelly at the controls, the spacecraft unlatched from the docking port, then eased away from the station that it joined in space on July 28. Kelly looped Discovery once around the station while his crew mates snapped photographs of the station's exterior for inspection later by NASA...

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2005-08-05 19:01:48

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Eileen Collins, commander of the shuttle Discovery and the only mother on board, has been sending e-mails every day from space to her young son and daughter. The messages are calm and reassuring, "telling them what I'm doing and telling them that I love them and that I miss them and not to worry about us." Nine-year-old Bridget is old enough to think about what happened to the Columbia astronauts. But her dad has shielded her and her 4-year-old brother Luke from...

2005-08-05 15:56:45

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - As the shuttle Discovery prepared on Friday to leave the International Space Station, NASA scheduled its next shuttle mission for Sept. 22 provided it can find a quick fix to falling fuel tank foam that has grounded the rest of the orbiter fleet. Falling insulating foam from the external tank doomed the shuttle Columbia in 2003 when it knocked a hole in its heat shield, and despite 2 1/2 years of work, and $1 billion in upgrades, foam again fell off when...

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2005-08-05 21:30:00

WASHINGTON -- Likened to an old truck, a clipper ship and a box of aging electronics, the shuttle Discovery heads home on Monday, and even its own commander says it should not fly again until problems are fixed. Discovery's much-heralded mission -- the first since shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas on Feb. 1, 2003 -- faced problems that started before liftoff on July 26. First there was a balky fuel gauge that postponed the first scheduled launch attempt on July 13. Then a chunk of...

2005-08-05 07:52:01

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts packed up on Friday and got ready to leave the International Space Station as the first shuttle visit to the outpost since 2002 -- and likely the last for a while -- neared its end. NASA earlier declared the shuttle safe to return home, clearing the way for what is the first step toward Discovery's planned landing on Monday in Florida. The Discovery crew was to say goodbye to station crew members Sergei Krikalev and John Phillips...

2005-08-05 03:50:11

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts started packing up on Friday for their departure from the International Space Station after NASA finally said the shuttle was safe enough to come home from the first flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The crew finished loading an Italian-built cargo unit with more than three tonnes of trash and unneeded equipment from the station for the return to Earth and stowed gear that included space suits used on three spacewalks by...


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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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