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2011-05-06 16:48:00

News Conference Scheduled for May 9 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA managers have retargeted space shuttle Endeavour's launch to no earlier than Monday, May 16. After a meeting on Friday, they also extended the length of Endeavour's STS-134 mission to the International Space Station from 14 to 16 days. If Endeavour launches on May 16, liftoff would be at 8:56 a.m. EDT. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) At 3 p.m. on Monday, May...

2011-04-21 10:20:00

A White House official said Wednesday that President Barack Obama, along with his family, would be at the planned April 29 liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavour. This launch is the next-to-last planned flight of the 30-plus year old space shuttle program. The purpose of this flight will be to deliver the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS. A particle detector designed to detect dark matter, antimatter and other exotic phenomena from earth orbit. Also planning to be in attendance...

2011-04-19 15:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are set for the final scheduled launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Lift off is targeted for 3:47 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 29, to begin the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour's crew members are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson and NASA Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel and...

2011-04-13 06:45:00

By Alan Brown, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center It was 30 years ago this week that NASA ushered in a new era of spaceflight with the inaugural launch of space shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, setting the pace for three decades of monumental leaps in environmental and space science achievements. Thirty years and 133 missions later, NASA is winding down the space shuttle program, with the three remaining shuttle orbiters and the prototype shuttle Enterprise slated to be enshrined at...

2011-04-12 12:50:00

On April 12, 1981, 20 years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human to reach space, NASA embarked on a new journey that would pave the way for space travel for three decades. Today marks the 30th anniversary of space shuttle Columbia becoming the first-ever reusable spacecraft after successfully piercing through the atmosphere to carry two astronauts into space. Columbia spent two days in space before performing a deorbit burn bringing the astronauts back on the same vessel they left on....

2011-04-11 10:22:00

HOUSTON, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NASA astronauts who journeyed in orbit aboard the final space shuttle Discovery mission will give a firsthand account of their flight at 6:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, April 14, at Space Center Houston. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Family, friends, space enthusiasts, colleagues and the general public are invited to view out-of-this-world images and a video of STS-133's mission highlights. Following the...

2011-04-05 09:05:00

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Comic strip artist Brian Basset has created a drawing depicting his characters, Red and Rover, racing alongside the space shuttle as it lands for the final time. After 30 years and more than 130 missions, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire later this year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A poster commemorating the Space Shuttle Program's 30th anniversary will feature Basset's cartoon and a patch...

2011-03-31 08:21:01

Rumbling, cramped, heavy and lacking a big field of view, the M113 wouldn't seem to be a good candidate for an ambulance. It doesn't even have a steering wheel. But it has something essential for a NASA rescue mission at the launch pad: armor. Basically a bunker on tracks, the M113 is a Vietnam-era armored personnel carrier that offers the astronauts a safe vehicle to get out of danger. It also offers firefighters heavy protection in case they have to go into danger to retrieve the flight...

2011-03-11 14:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 11, space shuttle Endeavour now awaits the next major milestone for its upcoming flight to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Reporters are invited to cover a launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), scheduled at Kennedy from March 29 to...

2011-03-09 10:08:15

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will greet space shuttle Discovery's astronauts on Wednesday after the crew's planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Bolden will make brief remarks live on NASA Television from Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility about the final mission for the agency's longest-serving shuttle and its place in space exploration history. Discovery has two Kennedy landing opportunities Wednesday at 11:57 a.m. and 1:34 p.m. EST. The remarks will take place about...

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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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