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2009-03-02 15:42:18

Space enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world are invited to submit questions about space shuttle Discovery's upcoming launch, its STS-119 mission to the International Space Station, and NASA space exploration. Questions may be answered on NASA Television during the countdown to launch. Questions can be submitted online at: http://webcast.ksc.nasa.gov The STS-119 mission will deliver a new crew member to the space station. The crew also will deliver and install a fourth...

2009-02-20 23:48:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a thorough review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, NASA managers decided Friday that more data and possible testing are required before launching the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Engineering teams have been working to identify what caused damage to a flow control valve on shuttle Endeavour during its November 2008 flight....

2009-02-14 07:20:00

NASA will hold a news conference Friday, Feb. 20, following a review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and an assessment of shuttle flow control valve testing. An official launch date for the STS-119 mission has not been set, but for planning purposes, liftoff now is targeted for no earlier than Feb. 27. The new planning date is not expected to affect the launch dates for missions that will follow Discovery's flight, STS-125 to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and STS-127 to the...

2009-01-14 16:55:00

After reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-119 mission. A launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from Jan. 19 to 21. Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A at 10:08 a.m. EST Wednesday on top of a giant crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 5:17 a.m. Wednesday,...

2009-01-08 07:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as preparations for the STS-119 mission move forward. Discovery is targeted to lift off Feb. 12 to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The first motion of the shuttle out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building is scheduled for 4 a.m. EST. The fully...

2008-12-30 15:20:00

NASA on Tuesday revealed new details on the failed flight of space shuttle Columbia, which resulted in the deaths of seven astronauts on Feb. 1, 2003. The report provided a grim depiction of how the craft lost pressure, causing the crew's safety harnesses and helmets to fail. The report showed that even if they had worked properly, the crewmembers would have had no chance of surviving the winds, shock waves and other extreme conditions in the upper atmosphere. "Clearly the accident was not...

2008-12-17 17:41:09

NASA has issued a Request for Information, or RFI, seeking ideas from educational institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire and publicly display the space shuttle orbiters and space shuttle main engines after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program. Sponsored by NASA's Office of Infrastructure, the RFI seeks input from appropriate officials and decision-makers from museums, science centers, institutions and other...

2008-11-11 11:39:26

NASA's launch and mission officials and workers preparing space shuttle Endeavour are moving methodically toward a liftoff on schedule Friday at 7:55 p.m. EST. There are no technical issues of concern, but the weather needs to cooperate. The astronauts who will fly the mission are due to arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center this afternoon, and the countdown will begin at 10 p.m. tonight. Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters gave the shuttle a 60 percent chance of meeting launch weather...

2008-11-04 12:15:00

The U.S. space agency has announced a series of events leading up to the Nov. 14 Kennedy Space Center launch of space shuttle Endeavour. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the15-day STS-126 mission to the International Space Station is set for a 7:55 p.m. EST lift off with live coverage provided by NASA Television. The shuttle's seven astronauts are to arrive at the space center next Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST, with mission Chris Ferguson, the mission commander, making a...

2008-10-17 15:00:04

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA managers have adjusted the time for space shuttle Atlantis' rollback from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, Oct. 20, to 7 a.m. EDT. Atlantis is expected to be in the Vehicle Assembly Building by about 2 p.m. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) NASA Television will provide live coverage of Atlantis' move off the pad beginning Monday...

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2012-03-03 12:22:08

The first orbiting space shuttle mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981 at 6 AM (CST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 14 at 12:20PM (CST). Total mission time was 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes, and 53 seconds. Columbia orbited at 166 nautical miles, at an inclination of 40.3 degrees, and travelled 1.074 million miles. All five previous flights were conducted in 1977 using the prototype space shuttle Enterprise. In these atmospheric flights Enterprise...

Robert Crippen
2012-01-17 18:03:01

Robert Crippen is an engineer, a retired United States Navy Captain, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Laurel Crippen on September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas. He was raised in Texas and graduated from New Caney High School, and then went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1960. Crippen was commissioned through the United States Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School Program, and became...

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