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2011-06-29 14:53:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 8, 2011, history will be made as the shuttle Atlantis lifts off on the final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program. Thirty years after the first shuttle launch, the eyes of the world again will be on Kennedy Space Center as an unforgettable period of science, wonder and imagination comes to an end. Upon its return to Earth, Atlantis will join the fleet's other three vessels in retirement immediately following touchdown. In...

2011-02-22 10:57:00

HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center will be back on the job watching over the space shuttle Discovery during its last mission, scheduled Feb. 24 to March 7. Some are part of the impact assessment and aerothermodynamic heating teams, and others will be watching during the orbiter's return to Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Discovery's STS-133 mission is set to launch shortly before five...

2010-05-28 12:15:00

US museums are already lining up to showcase the three retiring space shuttles after Atlantis touch downed after its last scheduled mission of its 25-year career on Wednesday. "No doubt the competition is fierce," Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, told AFP News. His institution, along with 21 others, is competing to preserve and exhibit the Atlantis, Discovery or Endeavour space shuttles. The three shuttles are being retired...

2009-07-28 13:57:31

The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour left the International Space Station Tuesday afternoon to begin a three-day trip home after 11 days of linked flight. The shuttle undocked from the massive orbiting laboratory at 1:26 p.m. EDT, NASA said. The departure ended history's biggest orbiting crew -- 13 people together in low earth orbit, including, for the first time, two Canadians in space together. Endeavour and its seven astronauts are scheduled to land in NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

2008-08-13 15:00:08

By John Nolan Staff Writer DAYTON -- Supporters of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force have raised about $14 million of the $42 million needed for a planned building that would house a space shuttle, if NASA gives the museum one after the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. The envisioned 200,000-square-foot building at the museum would house a Space Gallery, presidential aircraft interpretive center and a Global Reach Gallery to display large aircraft including the Air Force's...

2008-02-16 05:10:00

NASA will make landing sites in California as well as Florida available to the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday to hasten its return to Earth before the Pentagon attempts to shoot down a rogue spy satellite. Normally, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida serves as the shuttle's primary landing site. Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., northeast of Los Angeles, serves as a backup, available to shuttle crews when the weather in Florida is unfavorable. "We will open (Edwards) to ensure we land at...

2006-08-20 00:10:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA workers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida began a risky repair job on Saturday to replace faulty bolts on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis a week before its scheduled launch. Technicians set up work platforms to reach into the forward portion of the shuttle's 60-foot-long (18-metre-long) payload bay as Atlantis stood upright on its launchpad. Atlantis is due to blast into orbit on August 27 on the first shuttle mission aimed at resuming...

2006-07-17 08:17:47

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, ending a 13-day mission that may signal NASA's full recovery from the 2003 Columbia disaster. Discovery and its six-member crew made a fiery re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere before gliding to a smooth landing at 9:14 a.m. (1314 GMT). The landing brought a successful end to the U.S. space agency's second shuttle mission since Columbia, Discovery's...

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.

2005-07-13 07:08:06

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery was "go for launch" on Wednesday in NASA's first human space mission since the fatal Columbia accident 2 1/2 years ago. The U.S. space agency cleared the shuttle for fueling before dawn, but a faulty heater delayed that process by more than an hour. NASA officials said there was ample time to fill the fuel tank and launch as scheduled at 3:51 p.m. (1951 GMT). It was the second glitch in the final hours of the...

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