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2011-07-09 10:42:18

With the successful launch of the final space shuttle mission, Atlantis' STS-135 mission to the International Space Station, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has issued a video statement about the program and the agency's future.Bolden salutes the Space Shuttle Program and its many accomplishments while also highlighting the human spaceflight missions yet to come on the space station and beyond. NASA is facilitating commercial access for cargo and crew to low Earth orbit and developing...

2011-07-08 11:15:00

Space shuttle Atlantis successfully launched aboard NASA's final mission for the shuttle program on Friday. Atlantis traveled 6500 miles per hour once its kicked off its afterburners heading towards the International Space Station (ISS) for the last time. The space shuttle has spent 293 days in space and carried 191 crews since it flew on its first mission in October 1985. The shuttle has traveled 120,650,907 miles and is the only orbiter that cannot draw power from the ISS. The 135th and...

2011-06-16 08:40:00

NASA workers at the Kennedy Space Center fueled up the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday in a key test ahead of its July 8 scheduled launch of the final shuttle flight. Even though the shuttle launch is still weeks away, shuttle managers want to make sure that repairs to the external fuel tank are good and that no cracks pop up in any of the support brackets. The test was added after structural problems were discovered last year on a tank later used in the February launch of the shuttle...

2010-10-31 08:07:55

NASA said on Saturday that the final scheduled mission of space shuttle Discovery will be delayed again until next Wednesday. Kennedy Space Center technicians worked overnight to repair quick-disconnect fittings in the system used to pressurize one of Discovery's orbital maneuvering rocket engines. The leaks discovered on Friday prompted NASA to push Monday's scheduled launch back until Tuesday. NASA test director Jeff Spaulding said technicians made "good progress" fixing the helium and...

2010-10-01 06:37:17

NASA has awarded a contract to Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Houston for spacesuit support used on the space shuttle and the International Space Station. The cost-plus-award-fee contract, known as the Extravehicular Space Operations Contract, has a maximum value of $728.9 million. Under the contract, Hamilton Sundstrand and its subcontractors perform engineering management for hardware systems used in spacewalks, supporting enhancements, ensuring flight and spacewalk...

2010-08-10 08:25:04

NASA will give 150 of its Twitter followers an insider's look at the nation's space program and the opportunity to view a space shuttle launch in person. The third shuttle launch Tweetup, scheduled Oct. 31 through Nov. 1, will be held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Attendees will tour the center, view the shuttle launch and speak with NASA managers, astronauts, shuttle technicians and engineers. NASA randomly will select 150 participants from online registrations. Shuttle...

2010-07-08 09:53:07

NASA and Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business invite the public to a discussion with the most recent space shuttle crew to fly in space at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 26. The McDonough School of Business will host the six astronauts in the Lohrfink Auditorium of the Rafik B. Hariri Building. The crew members will give a video presentation about their mission and answer questions from the audience. Those interested in attending the astronauts' talk can sign up online. Each...

2010-06-04 08:48:22

Space shuttle Atlantis thundered away from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on May 5, 2010 at 2:20 p.m. The on-time liftoff under a picturesque Florida sky was a perfect beginning to Atlantis' last scheduled mission, STS-132. The shuttle carried a six-person crew on a journey to deliver a new Russian module and several critical spare parts to the International Space Station. "There are thousands of folks out there that have taken care of this bird for a long time," Commander Ken Ham said after...

2010-05-26 10:45:00

Space shuttle Atlantis completed its final mission today when it successfully touched down after bringing six astronauts to the International Space Station. "Twenty-five years, 32 flights and more than 120 million miles traveled. The legacy of Atlantis now in the history books," Mission Control's commentator announced at touchdown. About 1,200 guests arrived at the Kennedy Space Center runway for the conclusion to NASA's third-to-last shuttle flight.  Employees wore white ribbons with...

2010-05-25 10:10:00

Space shuttle Atlantis is winding down its final mission after a quarter-century of flight. Commander Kenneth Ham of the current mission said that Atlantis has spent about 300 days in orbit over 32 missions, and traveled 120 million miles.  The STS-132 crew took along a small U.S. flag that actually flew on Atlantis' first flight. "Atlantis is just a fabulous ship," Ham's co-pilot, Dominic "Tony" Antonelli told the Associated Press (AP). "If this ends up being space shuttle 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....

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,...

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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