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The U.S. space agency says the countdown has started for the planned launch of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday. The official countdown for the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station started at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, with the launch scheduled for 9:20 p.m.
After completing a review of space shuttle Discoveryâ€™s flight readiness, NASA managers selected an official launch date for the STS-119 mission, which is now scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 9:20 pm EDT on March 11.
Endeavor astronauts ventured out on their fourth and final spacewalk on Monday.
Two astronauts spent seven hours Saturday working high above Earth on the International Space Station, lubricating a joint that moves the solar array. John Ray, the lead spacewalk officer for the mission, told reporters in Houston that the astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour mission wanted to stay out longer and finish their work on the starboard side of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, CNN reported.
Astronauts conducted another spacewalk Thursday, vowing to keep a tighter grip on the remaining bag of tools after sending the first set floating into space on Tuesday.
U.S. astronauts performed maintenance chores -- cleaning here, lubing there -- Tuesday at the International Space Station. Mission specialists Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Brown began their 6 1/2-hour space walk shortly after 1 p.m.
NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-126 mission.
Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis are hoping for clear skies over Florida tomorrow as they near the end of a successful construction flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA will refill the space shuttle Atlantis' large external tank next week in hopes of isolating a sensor glitch that foiled two attempts to launch an orbital construction mission this month, the agency's shuttle chief said Tuesday.
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...
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....
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,...
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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