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2006-07-07 15:00:00

HOUSTON (Reuters) - 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. "At this point we're really satisfied. We haven't had many problems with Discovery," pilot Mark Kelly said in a radio interview from the shuttle on Friday. "We feel really good about the condition." Kelly's comments reflected NASA's growing optimism that it has fixed a...

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2006-07-04 11:05:25

This drives astronomers crazy. Every summer, on the one night when millions of Americans are guaranteed to be outside at nightfall, necks craned upward watching the sky, almost no one pays attention to the heavens. It's all fireworks, fireworks, fireworks. Stars and planets don't stand a chance. But this 4th of July is different. At sunset, just as the fireworks are about to begin, the Moon and Jupiter will pop out of the twilight side-by-side: sky map. These are the brightest objects in the...

2006-05-19 14:15:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA rolled the space shuttle Discovery onto a launch pad on Friday hoping to leave behind problems exposed by the 2003 Columbia disaster and begin a final round of flights before the shuttle fleet is retired. Discovery was being prepared for liftoff in July on NASA's second and final shuttle test-flight since the fatal accident, when Columbia disintegrated on reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. A successful flight will allow NASA to resume...

2005-10-14 14:30:59

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA aims to launch the next space shuttle in May 2006, after fixing a persistent problem with falling debris -- the same problem that doomed shuttle Columbia and grounded the remaining three-ship fleet. The timing of any return to flight depends on how fast NASA's hurricane-damaged Michoud plan in New Orleans can get back to full strength, space agency officials said. The shuttles' massive external tanks are assembled at Michoud, and at...

2005-10-14 14:21:01

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA aims to launch the next space shuttle in May 2006, after fixing a persistent problem with falling debris -- the same problem that doomed shuttle Columbia and grounded the remaining three-ship fleet. The timing of any return to flight depends on how fast NASA's hurricane-damaged Michoud plan in New Orleans can get back to full strength, space agency officials said. The shuttles' massive external tanks are assembled at Michoud, and at...

2005-09-18 12:55:00

WASHINGTON -- With the shuttle fleet grounded and the International Space Station staffed by a skeleton crew, NASA is set to unveil plans on Monday to take people and cargo to the moon. Even before the official announcement, there is criticism from Capitol Hill over the reported $100 billion cost of the lunar program, given U.S. government commitments to the Iraq war and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. "This plan is coming out at a time when the nation is facing significant budgetary...

2005-09-09 13:22:27

BALTIMORE (AP) - Hurricane damage to NASA space shuttle facilities has further clouded the future of the Hubble Space Telescope. Katrina damaged the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the shuttle's fuel tanks are built, and the Mississippi-based Stennis Space Center, where shuttle engines are tested, NASA officials said. Before the hurricane struck last week, NASA had hoped to launch Discovery in March. The space agency is now reassessing its launch plans. A servicing mission...

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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2005-08-19 11:25:00

MOSCOW -- The $100-billion International Space Station could end up on the scrap heap if NASA's shuttle flights do not return to normal soon, scientists say. NASA said on Thursday its next shuttle flight would not be until March, six months later than planned. "The knock-on effects to the International Space Station are quite dramatic ... (long delays) could potentially be a show-stopper for the whole thing," Andrew Coates from UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory told Reuters. The shuttle...

2005-08-09 05:33:56

On his last day in orbit, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson sent a podcast from space before the seven-member Discovery crew returns to Earth Monday. The podcast was recorded as the Shuttle flew over the southeast tip of Indonesia. Flying high, Robinson provides a glimpse of STS-114 mission highlights in space, including a historic spacewalk. On a mission of many firsts, Robinson voyaged alone on the tip of the Station's robotic arm, flying 230 miles above the Earth to make a landmark repair...


Latest Space Shuttle Discovery Reference Libraries

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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