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By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday to end a nine-day visit that included three spacewalks and a repair critical to resuming construction of the half-finished space outpost.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Monday to fix a transport system needed to complete the half-finished $100 billion orbital outpost.
Astronauts on shuttle Discovery expressed confidence in their spacecraft on Sunday after NASA engineers said problems found since last week's launch appear minor enough to withstand the rigors of landing.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - A few nagging safety issues remain, but NASA engineers said on Sunday the problems found on shuttle Discovery since its Tuesday launch appear to be minor enough not to need repair.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on the shuttle Discovery awoke to their first full day in space on Wednesday and prepared to inspect their orbiter for damage after launching from Florida on a flight NASA hopes will get the troubled U.S. space program back on track.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Nine months after its troubled last flight, shuttle Discovery was hauled out of its hangar on Friday and taken to the Kennedy Space Center's assembly building for final preparations before moving to the launch pad.
The imminent arrival of a remodeled fuel tank for NASA's second shuttle launch since the 2003 Columbia disaster has bolstered hopes that shuttle flights will be able to resume in May, space agency managers said on Tuesday.
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.
By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery's astronauts awoke late on Sunday for their last few hours in space before a scheduled pre-dawn landing, and the weather forecast looked good for an on-time touch-down. Awakened at 8:30 p.m.
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...
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 -...
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...
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....