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HOUSTON, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former NASA astronaut Henry W.
Space shuttle Discovery completed its final voyage on Wednesday as it touched down in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center at 10:57:17 am CST.
Space shuttle Discovery's crew received the first-ever live wake-up call in the history of the shuttle program Tuesday as it heads home to Earth after completing its final mission.
Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of six landed safely Monday, wrapping up a successful mission that put NASA back in the space station construction business. Discovery touched down on the Kennedy Space Center runway around 9:14 a.m. EDT.
NASA gave the shuttle Discovery a majestic Fourth of July send-off and said early signs showed the spacecraft to be in good shape, despite once again being struck by the flying foam that has plagued the program.
The crew chosen to fly the space shuttle on NASA's second mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster said on Friday they are confident that changes to the fuel tank will result in a safe, but not debris-free, liftoff.
What if the next space shuttle winds up in trouble, too? What if, like Columbia, it's damaged at liftoff and the astronauts are up in space with a maimed rocketship? Could they be saved? When Discovery is launched in a few months, a four-man rescue squad will be standing by. It's a plan for the unthinkable.
Ron Garan is a NASA astronaut and a former USAF Second Lieutenant. He was born Ronald John Garan, Jr., of Russian decent, on October 30, 1961 in Yonkers, New York. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1979 and then graduated from the State University of New York College at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics in 1982. Two years later, Garan was commissioned by the United States Air Force. He then went to Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB in Oklahoma...
Kevin Ford is a former United States Air Force Colonel and a NASA astronaut. He was born Kevin Anthony Ford on July 7, 1960 in Portland, Indiana. He graduated from Blackford High School in Hartford City, Indiana in 1978, and went on to continue his education at the University of Notre Dame, where he was distinguished graduate of Detachment 225, Reserve Officer Training Corps, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1982. Immediately after his graduation, Ford was...
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