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Image 1 - Tribute Plaque Still Holds Meaning For Workers
2012-01-24 04:12:01

[ Watch the Video ] A simple, plastic plaque left inside space shuttle Atlantis following the last mission of NASA´s shuttle program is a priceless tribute to the work force, said one of the managers who worked with the spacecraft for more than 20 years. "I was just overwhelmed with joy first that they left it and humbled that they thought of us," said Walter "Buddy" Mckenzie, who manages the forward and midbody sections of Atlantis for United Space Alliance, or USA. The plaque...

Image 1 - Shuttle Model Move Shows Way For Atlantis
2011-12-17 05:17:04

Moving the high fidelity model of the space shuttle Dec. 10 called for an array of planning, about 100 people and a specialized trailer. It also called for the temporary removal of 18 light poles, four traffic signals and some signs. It took the team about five hours to make the six-mile trip from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to the Turn Basin across the street from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The group started rolling at 7:30 a.m. so they wouldn't have to worry about the...

Veteran Space Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson To Leave NASA
2011-12-06 08:53:48

Astronaut Chris Ferguson, the last commander of a space shuttle mission, has announced his plans to retire from NASA on Dec. 9. He will leave for a new job in the private sector. "Chris has been a true leader at NASA," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said, "not just as a commander of the space shuttle, but also as an exemplary civil servant, a distinguished Navy officer and a good friend. I am confident he will succeed in his next career as he brings his skill and talents to new...

UPDATE: Space Debris Found To Be No Threat To Station Crew
2011-11-23 05:00:31

Flight Director Brian Smith called off planning to shelter the Expedition 30 crew in their Soyuz spacecraft after flight controllers evaluated tracking data on the Fengyun 1C satellite debris and concluded it poses no threat to the International Space Station. Consideration was given for sheltering the crew in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft after initial tracking information indicated a high probability of the debris colliding with the station. But further tracking data confirmed that the...

2011-11-10 04:42:54

Two NASA astronauts soon will be aboard the International Space Station and available for regularly scheduled interview opportunities with accredited news media. Daniel Burbank, a veteran of two space shuttle missions to assemble the station, will launch with Russian crewmates on a Soyuz spacecraft from Kazakhstan on Sunday, Nov. 13. Arriving at the complex on Nov. 16 for a four-month mission, Burbank will command the Expedition 30 crew through mid-March. Donald Pettit will join Burbank...

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2011-07-18 10:20:00

As the shuttle Atlantis noses back towards planet Earth, many would-be astronauts will look towards the stars and wonder if their chance to fly in orbit will ever be fulfilled. US astronauts will, for the immediate future, have to hitch a ride on the Russian Soyuz rocket, renting one of two available seats on the Soyuz, with a third seat on the space vehicle already taken up by pilot at more than $50 million per seat. A new US space craft will be ready to fly sometime around 2015, AFP is...

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2011-07-15 06:50:00

One of space shuttle Atlantis' five computers was investigated by NASA on Friday after it failed sometime late Thursday, setting off an alarm and awakening astronauts. NASA said General Purpose Computer (GPC) 4 "was being used as the systems management computer when it failed at 6:07 pm EDT (2207 GMT) Thursday, generating an alarm that awakened the Atlantis crew." Shuttle commander Christopher Ferguson and his co-pilot, Douglas Hurley, loaded new software into one of Atlantis' main...

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2011-07-11 13:20:00

The astronauts aboard the final space shuttle mission got busy on their supply delivery work Monday. The crew successfully hoisted a giant trunk out of Atlantis and attached it to the International Space Station (ISS). The 21-foot canister holds over 4 tons of food, clothes and other provisions, which is enough supplies for the ISS for at least another year. Shuttle astronauts Sandra Magnus and Douglas Hurley used the station's robot arm to hoist the Italian-built chamber out of Atlantis'...


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Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner
2012-09-17 10:46:05

Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner was born January 21, 1950 in Danville, Illinois. He was awarded Eagle Scout by the Prairielands Council with the Boy Scouts of America in Champaign, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois where he was the captain of the swimming team and included in the “Top 100 Seniors”. He received an award for being an Outstanding Alumnus of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University as well. He has an identical twin brother...

Christopher Ferguson
2012-09-17 09:35:02

Chris Ferguson is a retired United States Navy Captain and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Christopher J. Ferguson on September 1, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He attended Archbishop Ryan High School and then went on to Drexel University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Two years later he earned his Naval Aviator wings in NAS Kingsville, Texas after being commissioned from the Navy ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania....

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2012-03-24 09:43:51

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 28, 1990 at 2:50 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on March 4 at 10:08 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 72 times at an altitude of 132 nautical miles at an inclination of 62 degrees and travelled 1.9 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 10 hours, 18 minutes, and 22 seconds. This was a Department of Defense mission and all shuttle activities were classified. The launch set for February 22 was postponed to February 23,...

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2010-12-03 14:11:14

Daniel Burbank is an American astronaut and a Captain in the United States Coast Guard. He was born Daniel Christopher Burbank on July 27, 1961 in Manchester, Connecticut. In 1979, he graduated from Tolland High School in Tolland, Connecticut. He then attended Fairfield University for his first year of college, but soon transferred to the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned his commission in 1985. Two years later, he completed flight training and became an instructor pilot. He...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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