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2005-08-05 15:56:45

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - As the shuttle Discovery prepared on Friday to leave the International Space Station, NASA scheduled its next shuttle mission for Sept. 22 provided it can find a quick fix to falling fuel tank foam that has grounded the rest of the orbiter fleet. Falling insulating foam from the external tank doomed the shuttle Columbia in 2003 when it knocked a hole in its heat shield, and despite 2 1/2 years of work, and $1 billion in upgrades, foam again fell off when...

2005-08-04 17:22:45

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday cleared the space shuttle Discovery to return home after dismissing lingering concerns about its condition, and told the crew to pack up their spacesuits because there was no need for a fourth spacewalk. Discovery's scheduled return to Cape Canaveral in Florida on Monday will be the first shuttle landing since Columbia disintegrated over Texas 2 1/2 years ago as it glided through the atmosphere on re-entry. "I will not tell you that it...

2005-07-30 20:51:06

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two shuttle Discovery astronauts completed a seven-hour spacewalk on Saturday to restore a space station steering device and test shuttle heat shield repairs that might give crews a better chance of avoiding a Columbia-like disaster. NASA extended the shuttle's visit to the outpost by a day because the next trip will likely be postponed. "You did a great job today," Mission Control's Mike Massimino radioed to the crew as rookie spacewalkers Stephen...

2005-07-30 12:23:33

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts stepped outside shuttle Discovery on Saturday in the first U.S. spacewalk since 2002 as they tested damage-repair techniques that NASA hopes will prevent another Columbia disaster. "What a view," Japan's Soichi Noguchi said as he drifted out into space while Discovery, docked to the International Space Station, sailed 224 miles above southeast Asia. "Yeah, it's been a long road," said spacewalking partner Steve Robinson. They looked a...

2005-07-30 06:26:38

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts stepped outside the shuttle Discovery on Saturday in the first U.S. spacewalk since 2002 and set to work testing damage-repair techniques developed after the Columbia disaster. "What a view," Japan's Soichi Noguchi said as he drifted out into space while Discovery, docked to the International Space Station, sailed 224 miles above southeast Asia. "Yeah, it's been a long road," said spacewalking partner Steve Robinson. They left the shuttle...

2005-07-30 03:06:47

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts will venture outside the shuttle Discovery on Saturday to test damage-repair techniques and make fixes to the International Space Station in the first of three planned spacewalks. Steve Robinson and Japan's Soichi Noguchi were to work with experimental tools and materials developed after the Columbia disaster to see if they can repair damaged insulating tiles and wing materials that shield the shuttle from the fierce heat of reentry into...

2005-07-29 05:40:10

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery were set to make another inspection of Discovery's wings and belly on Friday for possible damage from flying debris that struck the spacecraft shortly after launch. NASA officials said they think the shuttle is in good shape and not in danger of a Columbia-like disaster, but has a few nicks they want to study further. The astronauts will use a laser-equipped robot arm and television cameras to scan the spacecraft as they...

2005-07-28 10:14:28

(Corrects figure) By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts prepared to dock the shuttle Discovery with the International Space Station on Thursday in what may be the last visit for some time after NASA again grounded its problem-plagued shuttle fleet. The two spacecraft were scheduled to hook up for a week while the Discovery crew makes space-station repairs and brings food and supplies to the two-man station crew. What was supposed to have been the shuttle's triumphant return to...

2005-07-28 08:01:38

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery docked smoothly with the International Space Station high above the earth on Thursday, carrying on after NASA grounded its other shuttles for fear of another Columbia-like disaster. The two space behemoths, each weighing more than 100 tons, linked up with barely a bump as commander Eileen Collins slowly guided the shuttle in. "This was so much easier than the sims," she radioed to Mission Control, referring to preflight docking...

2005-07-28 06:29:43

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery docked smoothly with the International Space Station high above the earth on Thursday, carrying on after NASA grounded its other shuttles for fear of another Columbia-like disaster. The two space behemoths, each weighing more than 100 tons, linked up with barely a bump as commander Eileen Collins slowly guided the shuttle in. This flight was supposed to have been a triumphant return of the shuttle to the space station for the first time...


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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