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2006-07-17 07:28:34

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery was cleared for landing in Florida on Monday at the end of a mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. To prepare for landing at Kennedy Space Center, Discovery astronauts fired its twin braking rockets to start the ship's descent from about 200 miles above Earth's surface. This maneuver adjusts the winged spacecraft's trajectory before it makes...

2006-07-17 07:21:43

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery was cleared for landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday at the end of a mission meant to signal NASA's full recovery from the 2003 Columbia disaster. Re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere was to begin with a "de-orbit burn" to adjust the winged spacecraft's trajectory before it makes its scorching return under temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,700 degrees Celsius). Discovery's...

2006-07-17 07:12:58

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery was cleared for landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday at the end of a mission meant to signal NASA's full recovery from the 2003 Columbia disaster. Re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere was to begin with a "de-orbit burn" to adjust the winged spacecraft's trajectory before it makes its scorching return under temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,700 degrees Celsius). Discovery's...

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2006-07-17 08:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of six returned to Earth through thick clouds Monday, ending an impressive mission that put NASA's space program back on a solid, safer course. Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center at 9:14 a.m. in only the second shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. "Welcome back, Discovery, and congratulations on a great mission," Mission Control told shuttle commander Steven Lindsey after Discovery rolled to a stop. "It was a great...

2006-07-17 05:14:37

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery astronauts prepared for a Florida landing on Monday at the end of a mission NASA hopes will show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. The crew awakened just after midnight to get ready for a scheduled 9:14 a.m. EDT touchdown at Kennedy Space Center, from which they launched on July 4. "Looking forward to a good day here and hopefully with good weather we will be...

2006-07-17 02:12:50

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery began final preparations to land in Florida on Monday as they neared the end of a mission that NASA hopes has proved it can fly space shuttles safely again. The crew awakened just after midnight to get ready for a scheduled 9:14 a.m. EDT (13:14 GMT) touchdown at Kennedy Space Center, from which they launched on July 4. "Looking forward to a good day here and hopefully with good weather we will be on the ground here...

2006-07-16 16:28:28

By Bruce Nichols HOUSTON (Reuters) - With the last potential snags to landing cleared on Sunday, the astronauts on space shuttle Discovery hoped for good weather to cap a comeback mission for NASA with a Florida touchdown. The shuttle was scheduled to land on Monday at 9:14 a.m. EDT (1314 GMT) at Kennedy Space Center if the weather cooperates. Mission Control communicator Steve Frick radioed that final inspection of the heat shield showed Discovery's wings and nose "all looked...

2006-07-12 08:36:06

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts went into Discovery's open cargo bay on Wednesday to test heat-shield repairs in the final spacewalk of a shuttle mission that may signal NASA's recovery from the 2003 Columbia disaster. Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum were to use materials and tools developed after Columbia to see if a space shuttle's damaged heat shield can be fixed during flight. The question is whether the repairs, made with a caulking gun and specially...

2006-07-08 09:14:58

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts stepped out of the International Space Station on Saturday for a spacewalk in which they hope to make shuttle flights safer by bouncing around on the end of a 100-foot (30-meter) boom. Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum were to strap their feet into a foot clamp on the boom, then bend, twist and bounce to test its stability as a platform for emergency repairs. "Enjoy the view, gentlemen," Mission Control capsule communicator Megan...

2006-07-07 19:06:31

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Discovery crew used a boom-mounted digital camera to re-inspect six areas on the shuttle's heat shield on Friday, but appeared confident problems that led to the 2003 Columbia disaster have been resolved. The most serious area of concern is Discovery's carbon-tipped nose, which must withstand temperatures hot enough to melt steel when the shuttle plunges back into the atmosphere prior to landing. "That's the main thing we're looking at," flight...


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