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2007-10-24 15:30:00

The Wright Flyer got only a few feet off the ground during its maiden flight in 1903, but traveled to the moon 66 years later. A lead cargo tag that took months to cross the Atlantic Ocean from England to the nascent colony at Jamestown recently made the same crossing in minutes. Now a plastic handle whose sole role was to make the fictional world of Star Wars look realistic is ready to take a real trip to the stars aboard space shuttle Discovery for mission STS-120. From pieces of history...

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2007-07-18 08:29:12

A new oxygen generation system tested between July 11 and 14 aboard the International Space Station will allow the orbiting laboratory's crew size to increase in 2009. The hardware is part of the station's environmental control and life support system and will be used to augment the Russian Elektron oxygen generator. With the increased capability to produce oxygen, the station can better support six crew members as they work and live aboard the outpost. The station currently supports a...

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2007-06-08 18:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, putting NASA back on track after a run of bad luck and scandal that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle. Its big orange fuel tank covered with white blotches where the foam insulation had been repaired, the spaceship rose from its seaside launch pad with a roar and climbed into a clear and still-brightly lit sky at 7:38 p.m. EDT, setting a...

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2007-01-30 10:55:20

The first of three spacewalks in nine days by International Space Station Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST. The three spacewalks, from the Quest airlock in U.S. spacesuits, and a Russian spacewalk scheduled for Feb. 22 will be the most ever done by station crew members during an increment, said Mike Suffredini, station program manager. They also will bring to 10 the total number of spacewalks by Lopez-Alegria,...

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2006-12-22 17:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts safely returned to Earth on Friday after some last-minute suspense over which landing site to use, closing out a year in which NASA finally got construction of the international space station back on track. Its arrival announced by its signature twin sonic booms, the spaceship touched down on a floodlit runway in the early evening darkness after a smooth, 13-day flight during which the astronauts rewired the space...

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2006-12-14 15:10:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two astronauts stepped outside to begin rewiring the international space station Thursday after NASA powered down large sections of the orbiting lab for their own safety. U.S. astronaut Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang of the European Space Agency began their spacewalk about a half-hour earlier than scheduled. It was their second spacewalk since space shuttle Discovery arrived at the space lab for a seven-day visit. The spacewalk was scheduled to last six hours. "I...

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2006-12-09 19:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Flashes of flame from space shuttle Discovery lit up the darkened sky Saturday as the spacecraft blazed off the launch pad for the first nighttime liftoff in four years. The shuttle's seven astronauts are on a mission to rewire the international space station, one leg of a three-year race to finish construction on the orbiting outpost before shuttles are retired in 2010. The illumination from the shuttle turned night into day for spectators at the Kennedy Space Center....

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2006-12-09 17:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA moved ahead Saturday with last-minute preparations for the second attempt to get space shuttle Discovery off the ground for the first night launch in four years. With the space shuttle facing no technical concerns, the biggest obstacle to launching Discovery on a mission to the international space station at 8:47 p.m. EST was weather, although the forecast improved as the clock ticked down. An improvement in the cloud cover at the Kennedy Space Center raised...

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2006-12-07 17:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA officials hoped an opening in the cloud cover would allow space shuttle Discovery to lift off Thursday for the first night launch in four years, starting a complex mission to rewire the international space station. Despite just a 40 percent chance of favorable weather at the 9:35 p.m. EST launch time, Discovery's seven astronauts donned their orange spacesuits and boarded the van for the trip to the launch pad. While her crew mates suited up, Sunita Williams, who...

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2006-12-07 08:10:00

CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA began moving the scaffolding that protects the space shuttle for bad weather early Thursday, despite lingering clouds and other weather woes that cast doubt on whether Discovery will blast off this week. Discovery was scheduled to blast off Thursday evening and streak by a nearly full moon, taking seven astronauts on a mission to rewire the International Space Station. As NASA resolved technical concerns Wednesday, two lurking weather problems gave NASA less than an...


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Sunita Williams
2012-10-29 09:16:39

Sunita Williams is an American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman. She was born Sunita Pandya Krishna on September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio to parents of Indian and Slovenian decent. She graduated from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts in 1983, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. She was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in...

Robert Curbeam
2012-09-03 07:38:13

Robert Curbeam is a Captain in the United States Navy and a former astronaut. He was born Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. on March 5, 1962 and in 1980 he graduated from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. He then attended the United States Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1984. After graduating and completing flight training, Curbeam reported to Fighter Squadron 11 (VF-11) and made multiple overseas deployments on the USS...

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2010-12-03 15:33:13

Michael Bloomfield was an American astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He was born Michael John Bloomfield on March 16, 1959 in Flint, Michigan. He played football throughout his childhood, and graduated from Lake Fenton High School in Fenton, Michigan in 1977. Bloomfield then attended the United States Air Force Academy and received his bachelor's degree in Engineering Mechanics, as well as played Falcon football for Coach Bill Parcells. After graduating the Fighter...

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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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2010-11-17 15:24:34

Jeffery Ashby is an engineer, a former American naval aviator and astronaut, a veteran of three space shuttle missions, and a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy. He was born Jeffrey Shears Ashby on June 16, 1954. He grew up in Evergreen, Colorado, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1972, and then attended the University of Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1976. Ten years later, he graduated from the Naval...

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