Quantcast

Latest STS-116 Stories

a3064ef49fe647fbca66546445681a0d
2006-12-02 13:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Several days after space shuttle Discovery arrives at the international space station, some of the lights will go out. Some communications with Mission Control will stop. Backup power will be lost. That may sound scary for the astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth, but they'll be ready for it. The space lab is only getting rewired. Parts of the U.S. section of the space station will be powered down during Discovery's visit this month as spacewalking astronauts...

c75be328685cbc79db133fb5fbad8367
2006-12-02 13:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Discovery's seven astronauts are among the most culturally diverse of any space shuttle crew. There are two African-Americans, an astronaut of Indian descent, the soon-to-be first Swede in space, a British-born mission specialist, an Alaskan and a Jersey Boy. It's also the greenest crew in eight years when it comes to spaceflight experience: Five astronauts have never flown in a space shuttle before. The last time a shuttle mission had five rookies was a Columbia crew...

a928af5a8bc23aa30253081b1e10582f1
2006-11-30 11:13:14

ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang is about to become the first Swedish and the first Nordic astronaut in space. During the night of 7/8 December, he will board NASA's Shuttle Discovery as Mission Specialist on flight STS-116. With his six crewmates, he will fly to the International Space Station on a mission to add a new section to its truss structure and to reroute electrical power supply and thermal control from its new set of solar arrays and radiators. Discovery will lift off from NASA's...

fe59a3c6c21b317b01d386e28ffe50551
2006-11-29 08:21:17

Imagine if you could attach an enormous walk-in closet to your house for more storage room. Seven astronauts set to fly aboard Space Shuttle Discovery will benefit from a similar arrangement. The commercially owned SPACEHAB logistics single module will serve as an extra "float-in closet" during STS-116, a 12-day mission to deliver hardware, supplies and a new crew member to the International Space Station. The SPACEHAB single module more than doubles the storage capacity of the orbiter's...

9acbf5d131d3f2cf0c4a2300db749a471
2006-11-14 00:05:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The space shuttle Discovery's seven astronauts flew to Florida on Monday for several days of dress rehearsal in preparation for their Dec. 7 launch on a mission to the international space station. Led by commander Mark Polansky, the astronauts will run through emergency escapes from the launch pad, practice landing on Kennedy Space Center's runway and learn how to put out fires on the shuttle. The dress rehearsal culminates Thursday with the crew donning their...

11031e1ee1cfbb80c21b1d667e1ae5ce1
2006-10-15 09:20:00

NASA has said it over and over again: The coming missions to finish the International Space Station are among the hardest and most complex ever. But if you ask the astronauts and engineers which of the final 14 assembly flights may be the most complex, many would point to Discovery's next mission, set to launch in December.  "What makes this one singularly unique is the fact that we're going to rewire the space station," Mark Polansky, Discovery's commander, said. Since it went into...

7813c04446a1aa9c949d1c8a9fc48a231
2006-08-25 11:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The weather forecast for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis worsened slightly Friday, with storms expected in the area hours before Sunday's launch. There was a 40 percent chance that weather at the Kennedy Space Center would prohibit a lift off at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, NASA's first launch opportunity, said Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer. Area storms likely will push westward before liftoff, Winters said. But NASA won't launch if there are storms within 23 miles...

2006-08-11 09:43:54

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronauts assigned to fly on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis later this month climbed into their flight suits and scrambled aboard the shuttle on Thursday for a three-hour dress rehearsal for launch. The six-member crew hopes to be back at the Kennedy Space Center in two weeks for the start of a real countdown to the first shuttle mission in more than three years aimed at resuming construction of the $100 billion International Space...

2006-08-10 12:25:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Astronauts assigned to fly on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis later this month climbed into their flight suits and scrambled aboard the shuttle on Thursday for a three-hour dress rehearsal for launch. The six-member crew hopes to be back at the Kennedy Space Center in two weeks for the start of a real countdown to the first shuttle mission in more than three years. They hope to resume construction of the $100 billion International Space Station....

2006-08-03 17:00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts from the International Space Station floated outside their orbital home for a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday to prepare the $100 billion, half-built complex for future construction. NASA's Jeffrey Williams and the European Space Agency's Thomas Reiter, both experienced spacewalkers, slipped outside the U.S. airlock at 10:04 a.m. EDT (1404 GMT) as the orbiting outpost flew over Australia and southeast Asia. Among a long list of tasks, they replaced broken...


Latest STS-116 Reference Libraries

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...

68_c0a6d60e51580702881c475b86dbbffe
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...

0_a3902956409aa530eacd2cef4b275c89
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...

68_f4732486a507bb237536c62f421eed1d
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...

More Articles (5 articles) »
Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
Related