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2014-03-17 20:20:08

Center kicks off first crowd-funding campaign to install STA exhibit HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team including Space Camp alumni from around the world and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation is raising awareness and embarking on their first 60-day crowd-funding campaign to bring a Grumman Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft to the center's Shuttle Park, home of the world's only full-stack shuttle display, Pathfinder. The STA was used...

2012-04-19 11:31:32

Focuses on Bold New Era of Space Exploration NASA transferred space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum during a ceremony Thursday, April 19, at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. "Today, while we look back at Discovery's amazing legacy, I also want to look forward to what she and the shuttle fleet helped to make possible," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "As NASA transfers the shuttle orbiters to museums across the country, we...

Discovery Powered Down One Last Time
2011-12-19 12:57:33

NASA powered down its space shuttle Discovery for the final time last Friday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vehicle was "unplugged" inside Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) in Florida.  The shutdown came soon after technicians closed the shuttle's twin 60-foot long payload bay doors. Discovery is going to be set on display next spring at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The shuttle's three...

Mercury Planetary Orbiter Takes Simulated Trip To The Innermost Planet
2011-10-13 03:57:25

Thermal-balance testing of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Structural and Thermal Model, which has been under way in ESA's Large Space Simulator since 20 September, has been successfully completed. During these tests the conditions the spacecraft will encounter during the cruise to Mercury and while in orbit have been simulated, and a number of tests to characterize the spacecraft performance under some worst-case scenarios have been carried out. 'Dry run' in the Large Space...

Image 1 - Enterprise Pods Tested For Move
2011-10-01 06:59:44

Teams at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida continue practicing rarely performed techniques for moving space shuttles among some of the nation's premier museums as next year's shuttle shuffle nears. The latest rehearsal saw an inoperative orbital maneuvering system pod positioned with shuttle Endeavour to practice placing two of the pods on the prototype shuttle Enterprise for transportation next year. The inoperative pods were made for Enterprise to use during its approach and landing...

2011-08-10 09:11:18

This is the first entry in the BepiColombo Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the integration and testing of the Structural and Thermal Models (STM) and the Proto-Flight Models (PFM) of the four major components that make up the BepiColombo composite spacecraft stack. The journal is expected to run until the completion of PFM testing in the fourth quarter of 2013; shortly after this, the BepiColombo Launch Campaign Journal will begin. The BepiColombo...

2011-04-20 07:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, congratulates NASA and all of its partners on the recent 30th anniversary of the inaugural space shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA's orbiters will retire after Atlantis' expected launch on June 28. Aerojet's technology has flown on every shuttle mission since its launch inception in 1981. With NASA's announcement mid last week on the orbiters' post-shuttle program retirement...

2011-04-12 15:21:00

HOUSTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Director Michael L. Coats made the following comments today concerning the announcement that facilities in Washington, Los Angeles, New York and Cape Canaveral, Fla., will be the permanent homes of the space shuttle orbiters following their retirement: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The NASA administrator had a difficult decision to make and evaluated the numerous proposals...

2011-04-12 12:42:00

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After 30 years of spaceflight, more than 130 missions, and numerous science and technology firsts, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire and be on display at institutions across the country to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday announced the facilities where four shuttle orbiters will be displayed...


Latest Space Shuttle Orbiter Reference Libraries

sts-74
2012-05-12 09:29:42

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 12 at 7:30 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on November 20, 1995 at 12:01 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 213 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 44 seconds. STS-74 marked the second docking of a U.S. Space Shuttle to the Russian Space Station Mir, continuing Phase I activities leading to construction of International...

sts-51
2012-05-12 08:59:17

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on September 12, 1993 at 7:45 AM EDT and landed at Kennedy on September 22 at 3:56 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 157 times at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.1 million miles. The mission lasted 9 days, 20 hours, 11 minutes, and 11 seconds. One of two primary payloads, Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) was deployed on flight day one. About 45 minutes after ACTS deploy, attached Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS) booster -...

sts-51c
2012-03-10 08:50:43

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985 at 2:50 PM EST and landed at Kennedy on January 27 at 4:23 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 49 times at an altitude of 220 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 1.3 million miles. The mission lasted 3 days, 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 23 seconds. The launch scheduled for January 23 was scrubbed due to freezing weather conditions. (Orbiter Challenger was scheduled for Mission 51-C but thermal tile problems...

sts-8
2012-03-03 12:40:35

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on August 30, 1983 at 2:32 AM (EDT) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on September 5, 1983 at 12:40 AM (PDT). The shuttle orbited 98 times at an altitude of 191 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.5 million miles. The mission lasted for 6 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 43 seconds. On this mission Guion Bluford became the first African-American to travel to space. A multi-purpose satellite was deployed for India....

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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