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2009-03-26 14:20:00

Space shuttle Discovery astronauts conducted one final inspection of the shuttle on Thursday as it prepares for its trip back to Earth following an eight-day visit to the International Space Station. Crewmembers guided a robotic arm attached to a 50-foot boom to inspect Discovery for any damage from micrometeorites while docked with the orbiting outpost. The procedure became routine after the 2003 Columbia disaster killed seven astronauts. Discovery and the space station closed their...

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2009-03-25 16:10:00

The space shuttle Discovery's crew is expected to complete its mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 28. The return to Earth will conclude a 13-day flight. Nine of those days were spent docked to the station. During the STS-119 mission, the shuttle and station crews installed and deployed the final set of solar arrays. The arrays provide the electricity to fully power science experiments and...

2009-03-09 11:09:54

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. EDT Wednesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. Shuttle commander Lee Archambault and his six crew mates are to deliver the space station's fourth and final set of solar array wings. The 14-day mission...

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2009-03-07 07:15:00

After completing a review of space shuttle Discovery'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 p.m. EDT on March 11. NASA made its announcement following Friday's Flight Readiness Review, during which top NASA and contractor managers assessed the mission's risks and decided the shuttle's equipment, support systems and procedures are ready for flight. The review...

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2009-02-14 07:20:00

NASA will hold a news conference Friday, Feb. 20, following a review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and an assessment of shuttle flow control valve testing. An official launch date for the STS-119 mission has not been set, but for planning purposes, liftoff now is targeted for no earlier than Feb. 27. The new planning date is not expected to affect the launch dates for missions that will follow Discovery's flight, STS-125 to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and STS-127 to the...

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2009-01-14 16:55:00

After reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-119 mission. A launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from Jan. 19 to 21. Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A at 10:08 a.m. EST Wednesday on top of a giant crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 5:17 a.m. Wednesday,...

2009-01-08 07:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as preparations for the STS-119 mission move forward. Discovery is targeted to lift off Feb. 12 to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The first motion of the shuttle out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building is scheduled for 4 a.m. EST. The fully...


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