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2008-09-19 18:00:10

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time since July 2001, two space shuttles are on the launch pads at the same time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. On Saturday, Sept. 20, media are invited to capture a unique opportunity with both shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour on their respective pads with the rotating service structures rolled back from the vehicles. The structures provide protection from the element and access to the shuttles. A photo opportunity...

2008-08-13 15:00:08

By John Nolan Staff Writer DAYTON -- Supporters of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force have raised about $14 million of the $42 million needed for a planned building that would house a space shuttle, if NASA gives the museum one after the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. The envisioned 200,000-square-foot building at the museum would house a Space Gallery, presidential aircraft interpretive center and a Global Reach Gallery to display large aircraft including the Air Force's...

2008-06-14 10:20:00

The Discovery astronauts dropped from Earth's orbit and soared to a safe landing in Florida this morning, drawing to an end a 14-day mission to the international space station for the delivery of a $1 billion Japanese science module. The winged space ship swooped out of a sunny Florida sky and onto the runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 10:15 a.m. CDT. Discovery's return to Earth unfolded trouble-free. Weather conditions were ideal. "Great to be back," said Discovery commander Mark...

2008-06-13 11:00:00

NASA engineers have reported that a metal clip used by the shuttle Discovery's braking system fell off on Friday, but Discovery's Commander Mark Kelly added that the clip is not critical and shouldn't cause any problems for the shuttle's landing on Saturday. As Discovery astronauts completed a day-before-landing test of the shuttle steering jets, they reported noticing a one-foot- to 1.5-foot-long rectangular object floating away from the shuttle from behind the rear portion of the right...

2008-06-02 00:15:00

Astronauts on board shuttle Discovery performed a wing inspection on Sunday while en route to the international space station.Astronauts were forced to perform the routine check without help from their 50-foot laser-tipped inspection boom because there wasn't enough room on board due to the enormous 32,000-pound Japanese lab that fills its payload bay.Instead, they used the ship's 50-foot robot arm to take camera images of the upper edges of the wings so that engineers on Earth could check...

2008-05-08 17:50:09

NASA's shuttle Discovery is on track to ferry seven astronauts and a large Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month. Shuttle commander Mark Kelly told reporters Thursday that Discovery's preparations are going extremely smoothly for its planned May 31 launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. "From what I was told yesterday, the condition of the orbiter and the number of problems we've had with it have been at a historic...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

HOUSTON - Two astronauts will float outside the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday armed with a space age caulk gun and its goo-like ammo to test their effectiveness in shuttle heat shield repairs. Spacewalkers Robert Behnken and Mike Foreman will begin their orbital work at 6:28 p.m. EDT (2228 GMT) to demonstrate a technique for fixing dinged shuttle heat shield tiles. "While we've been able to test this material on the ground, we have not been able to test it both in...

2008-02-28 17:29:32

A new exhibit aimed at promoting the importance of safety to NASA employees is using debris recovered from the loss of space shuttle Columbia to underscore its message. Developed by the agency's space shuttle program office, the "Columbia Safety Exhibit" incorporates recognizable remnants of the fallen orbiter's hardware, including one of the flight deck window frames, control panels and hand controllers from the crew cockpit, heatshield tiles and one of the thrusters...

2008-02-18 09:39:11

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After safely reaching its launch pad Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the space shuttle Endeavour now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-123 mission. A full launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from Feb. 23 to 25. The shuttle arrived at the pad at approximately 4:45 a.m. EST Monday on top of a giant vehicle called the crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter began...

2008-02-18 08:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 4:24 a.m. EST today, ending its almost-nine-day stay at the orbital outpost. The crew is performing a final inspection of the orbiter's heat shield in preparation for its return home. STS-122 arrived at the station Feb. 9, delivering the European Space Agency's (ESA) Columbus laboratory to the station. The crews installed Columbus Feb. 11 and conducted three spacewalks to prepare Columbus for its...

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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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