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2010-12-16 07:40:42

NASA will conduct a tanking test at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Dec. 17, to evaluate repairs made to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank. Managers decided Dec. 3 to perform more tests and analysis before proceeding with Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. The test will air live on NASA Television beginning at 6:45 a.m. EST. Discovery's external tank will be filled with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, as it is before launch....

2010-12-03 12:31:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's launch for no earlier than Feb. 3 at 1:34 a.m. EST. Shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the launch of the STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Program Requirements Control Board met Thursday and reviewed engineering evaluations associated with cracks on...

2010-11-04 12:06:24

Discovery's final voyage into orbit will carry symbols reminiscent of the great voyages of other ships by the same name. A medallion from the Royal Society honoring legendary explorer Capt. James Cook will be carried aboard the space shuttle during STS-133. Cook's third expedition of the vast Pacific Ocean included a ship named HMS Discovery, one of the vessels shuttle Discovery is named after. The astronauts flying Discovery during the STS-133 mission to the International Space Station don't...

2010-11-03 11:00:00

Workhorse, ambassador, scientist and equal opportunity emissary. Space shuttle Discovery has fulfilled all those roles over the course of its 352 days in space, thus far. It's been the first shuttle to venture into new territory several times, and it's about to do so again: Following the STS-133 mission, Discovery will be the first of the shuttle fleet to retire. "We're wrapping up the Space Shuttle Program," said STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey. "Besides the excitement of completing the...

2010-10-26 14:26:09

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has set the news conferences, events and operating hours for the news center for the final scheduled launch of space shuttle Discovery. The spacecraft's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is set to lift off at 4:40 p.m. EDT on Monday, Nov. 1. A NASA blog will update the countdown beginning at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 1. Originating from Kennedy's Launch Control Center, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to...

2010-10-18 10:40:00

During the final minutes of a space shuttle launch countdown, you can almost hear the proverbial pin drop across Launch Complex 39 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Inside Firing Room 4, launch controllers monitor their systems and listen intently as the ground launch sequencer takes over the countdown and the final prelaunch milestones are checked off. Three miles to the east, strapped into their seats inside the shuttle's crew module, the astronauts hear the orbiter test...

2010-09-24 16:49:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reporters are invited to two historic Space Shuttle Program events at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The final solid rocket booster (SRB) assembly will depart the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, and the external fuel tank for the last planned shuttle flight will be removed from the barge that carried the tank from Louisiana. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo:...

2010-09-21 15:25:17

After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery awaits the next major milestone for its upcoming and final mission to the International Space Station, STS-133. Reporters are invited to cover a launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), scheduled at Kennedy from Oct. 12 to 15. Six astronauts are set to launch aboard Discovery on Nov. 1 for the final scheduled flight before the orbiter is retired. To...

2010-09-15 08:35:00

NASA announced the four astronauts who will make up the crew of STS-335, the rescue mission that would fly only if needed to bring home the members of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission, currently the final scheduled shuttle flight. Chris Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy captain and veteran of two previous shuttle missions, would command the flight. Astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Doug Hurley would serve as pilot, and astronauts Sandy Magnus and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rex Walheim...

2010-09-13 11:01:21

NASA's shuttle Discovery is preparing to launch for its final voyage into space after technicians re-attached a main separation nut that fell off the shuttle Friday. The space shuttle has been bolted to its external fuel tank and is ready to set out upon its 39th mission to the International Space Station on November 1st. The shuttle had an internal nut fall out of position into the aft compartment during the preparations for the flight. The bolts ensure that the fuel tank separates from...

Latest STS-1 Reference Libraries

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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