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2011-03-09 11:03:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Discovery and its six-astronaut crew ended a 13-day journey of more than five million miles and concluded the spacecraft's illustrious 27-year career with an 11:57 a.m. EST landing Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) STS-133 was the last mission for the longest-serving veteran of NASA's space shuttle fleet. Since 1984, Discovery flew...

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2011-03-09 11:05:00

Space shuttle Discovery completed its final voyage on Wednesday as it touched down in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center at 10:57:17 am CST. The space shuttle completed its 13-day mission, adding to its total lifetime of 365 days in space. The shuttle has clocked 148 million miles and has flown 39 missions in over 27 years. Commander Steven Lindsey wondered aloud whether Kennedy Space Center was the only landing site being considered.  Mission Control said that it was, and the backup...

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2011-03-08 11:40:00

Space shuttle Discovery's crew received the first-ever live wake-up call in the history of the shuttle program Tuesday as it heads home to Earth after completing its final mission. The shuttle is scheduled to land on Earth Wednesday for the last time, ending its 27-year flying career. NASA will spend months decommissioning Discovery, then send it to the Smithsonian Institution to live out its days. The crew awoke to a live music performance on Tuesday morning for the first time in NASA's...

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2011-03-07 08:30:00

Space shuttle Discovery departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, beginning its journey home for the final time after a nine day stopover at the orbital base. According to Irene Klotz of Reuters, shuttle pilot Eric Boe "gently pulsed the ship's steering jets to back away from the station" at 7am EST, and as the most well-traveled spaceship in the world departed from the ISS, they left behind "a new storage room, a prototype robot and tons of supplies." Discovery's 39th...

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2011-03-06 08:35:00

As their week-long visit to the International Space Station comes to an end, two space crews totaling 12 astronauts shared a few more maintenance tasks and chores Saturday.The hatches between shuttle Discovery and the ISS will close Sunday afternoon and the shuttle will undock Monday morning.Both crews worked to refresh and renew the space station's air system. Both the station's oxygen generator and carbon dioxide removal system had been malfunctioning. They also made sure a Japanese cargo...

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2011-03-05 08:41:47

NASA announced Friday that it will extend the current shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by one more day, giving the Discovery mission two extra days in space before being retired.The all-American six-member crew of the shuttle Discovery mission is now scheduled to return to Earth on Wednesday, March 9, after a 13-day rendezvous with the ISS.The US space agency added an extra day earlier this week to the original 11-day planned trip."The additional days are to allow...

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2011-03-01 13:50:00

NASA said on Tuesday that space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been extended an extra day and is now scheduled to return back to Earth on March 8. "The extension day will be devoted to emptying the Permanent Multipurpose Module and moving supplies between Discovery and station," NASA said in a tweet. The shuttle embarked on its final voyage into space on February 24.  It is the first of three U.S. shuttles to be retired this year. Endeavour is...

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2011-03-01 10:50:00

After a flawless launch last Thursday and a textbook docking on Saturday, the Space Shuttle today delivered the European-built Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module to the International Space Station. This final flight of Discovery marks the eighth and final trip of Leonardo to the orbiting complex. This visit will be longer: the module will be left attached to the Station as a permanent extension. Originally built to ferry cargo to and from the Station in the Shuttle cargo bay, Leonardo's...

2011-02-28 07:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its engines contributed to Space Shuttle Discovery's (STS-133) on-orbit operations and successful docking to the International Space Station (ISS). Discovery lifted off Feb. 24 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and docked with the ISS on Saturday. On this 35th shuttle mission to the ISS, Discovery is delivering the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) to the...

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2011-02-22 08:50:00

Space Shuttle Discovery's final flight is currently scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon at 4:50pm EST, as the venerable spacecraft departs from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for an 11-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA officials have announced. The launch date for the STS-133 mission was confirmed by officials at the US space agency on Friday, and the countdown to blast off began at 3pm EST on Monday. According to NASA, there currently are no "significant issues"...


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Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Steven Hawley
2012-10-22 10:43:54

Steven Hawley is a former NASA astronaut. He was born Steven Alan Hawley on December 12, 1951 in Ottawa, Kansas. He graduated from Salina High School Central in Salina, Kansas in 1969 and continued on to The University of Kansas, where he received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and astronomy. After graduating with the highest distinction of his class and spending summers as a research assistant at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Hawley received...

Andrew “Andy” Thomas
2012-09-17 10:37:13

Andrew “Andy” Sydney Withiel Thomas was born December 18, 1951 in Adelaide, South Australia. He entered into US citizenship in December of 1986 with the goal of participating in NASA’s astronaut program. Andy became an Australian-born American NASA astronaut as an aerospace engineer. He was the first Australian born professional astronaut to enter space. He was preceded in entering into orbit by Paul D. Scully-Power, an oceanographer in 1985. He married a fellow NASA astronaut Shannon...

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2012-05-12 09:16:02

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1994 at 7:10 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on February 11, 1994 at 2:19 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 130 times at an altitude of 191 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 7 hours, 9 minutes, and 22 seconds. This was the second SPACEHAB mission and the first mission undertaken with a Russian crew member. It was the first step in the ongoing US-Russian cooperative...

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2012-03-24 09:48:25

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 6, 1990 at 6:57 AM PDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on October 10 at 6:57 AM PDT. The shuttle orbited 66 times at an inclination of 28.45 degrees at an altitude of 160 nautical miles and travelled 1.7 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 4 seconds. This mission launched the Ulysses probe to study the polar regions of the Sun. Two upper stages of Ulysses, the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) and a...

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