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2009-09-08 06:45:00

The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery have wrapped up their work in space together. The crews of the two spacecraft bid each other farewell and closed the hatches between them at 10:41 p.m. CDT. With eight days of joint operations between the spacecraft complete, Discovery is scheduled to undock from the station at 2:26 p.m. Tuesday. Today the crews completed the last major activity before undocking. They exited the Leonardo...

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2009-08-31 07:05:00

The Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station at 7:54 p.m. delivering more than seven tons of cargo and a new crew member to the International Space Station and its Expedition 20 crew. Discovery Commander Rick Sturckow carefully guided the 100-ton orbiter to a docking with the 350-ton station as the two spacecraft flew 220 miles above the northeast Atlantic Ocean approaching southern England. Prior to docking at a distance of 600 feet, Sturckow "“ with...

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2009-08-28 13:43:19

The rotating support structure was rolled away from the shuttle Discovery Friday in preparation for a night launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., NASA said. The shuttle was targeted for liftoff at 11:59 EDT with no issues reported that could affect the launch, NASA officials said. A launch Tuesday was delayed by storms and a launch Wednesday was scrapped after a problem with a fuel valve. Discovery's external fuel tanks were to be loaded as astronauts prepared to ferry supplies to the...

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2009-08-27 07:05:00

As the Expedition 20 crew members continued preparations for a visit by space shuttle Discovery, they tackled a variety of science and maintenance duties aboard the International Space Station Wednesday. The launch target for STS-128 is Friday at 12:22 a.m. EDT. A problem with a fill-and-drain valve inside Discovery's aft compartment scrubbed the Wednesday morning launch attempt. Discovery is carrying more than seven tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional...

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2009-08-26 10:36:01

NASA has set another launch date for space shuttle Discovery's STS-128 mission after two failed attempts due to weather and technical problems. U.S. space agency managers said the next attempt is scheduled for 12:22 a.m. Friday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Wednesday's early morning launch attempt was postponed after an indication a valve in the shuttle's main propulsion system failed to perform as expected during fueling. Space shuttle mission managers are to meet at noon...

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2009-08-24 08:36:45

The U.S. space agency said it would broadcast a message from comedian Stephen Colbert Monday as it prepared to launch the Colbert treadmill into space. The message was set to air on NASA television after space shuttle Discovery's fueling concluded (at approximately 7:15 p.m. EDT). Discovery is to, among other things, deliver the treadmill to the International Space Station. The name Colbert received the most entries in NASA's online poll to name the station's Node 3 module, so NASA named its...

2009-08-21 14:52:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will broadcast a special message from comedian Stephen Colbert on Monday, Aug. 24, as the space shuttle Discovery prepares to deliver the COLBERT treadmill to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The message will air on NASA Television after the shuttle's fueling commentary concludes at approximately 7:15 p.m. EDT. The name Colbert received the most entries in...

2009-08-11 14:04:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Patrick Forrester, whose hometown is Springfield, Va., will make his third journey into orbit on space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Discovery is targeted to launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT, Aug. 25, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To cover the launch on-site, U.S. reporters must request Kennedy credentials...

2009-08-10 13:30:00

- NASA astronaut Patrick Forrester, who was born in El Paso, Texas, will make his third journey into orbit on space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station. Discovery is targeted to launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT, Aug. 25, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To cover the launch on-site, U.S. reporters must request Kennedy credentials online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.govForrester is one of seven astronauts who will fly on Discovery's STS-128 mission. The 13-day...

2009-07-22 17:37:43

NASA will hold a series of media briefings on Monday, Aug. 10, to preview the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the briefings from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Questions also will be taken from other participating NASA locations. Shuttle Discovery's 13-day flight, called STS-128, is targeted to launch Aug. 18. The flight will deliver 33,000 pounds of supplies and equipment to the...


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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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