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2008-06-02 15:10:31

Shuttle Discovery neared the international space station on Monday, carrying its enormous Japanese lab.The 32,000-pound lab is named Kibo, which is Japanese for hope.Throughout Monday morning, astronauts conducted a series of engine firings that put the shuttle on its final approach to the orbiting outpost.The seven astronauts on board will begin work to install the $1 billion lab on Tuesday with help from the space station's three residents.Discovery also delivered a new pump for the space...

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2008-06-02 00:15:00

Astronauts on board shuttle Discovery performed a wing inspection on Sunday while en route to the international space station.Astronauts were forced to perform the routine check without help from their 50-foot laser-tipped inspection boom because there wasn't enough room on board due to the enormous 32,000-pound Japanese lab that fills its payload bay.Instead, they used the ship's 50-foot robot arm to take camera images of the upper edges of the wings so that engineers on Earth could check...

2008-06-01 07:31:14

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:25 p.m. EDT. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's shuttle Discovery rocketed into space Saturday with a massive Japanese laboratory bound for the International Space Station. Discovery shot up into the sky at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT) from its seaside Launch Pad 39A here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center carrying what will soon be the largest single room aboard the space station - the tour bus-sized main cabin of the Japan's Kibo ("hope" in Japanese)...

2008-05-31 06:35:41

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's shuttle Discovery and its seven-astronaut crew are poised to rocket spaceward this afternoon carrying the largest laboratory ever built for the International Space Station. Discovery is counting down toward a 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT) liftoff from a seaside launch pad here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The seven crewmembers of the shuttle's STS-124 mission are planning to deliver the Japan's $1 billion Kibo laboratory module - a room the size of a...

2008-05-29 13:05:53

When Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide launches spaceward aboard NASA's shuttle Discovery on Saturday, he will help carry his country's hopes - literally - into orbit. Hoshide and six crewmates are preparing to haul Japan's $1 billion laboratory Kibo (which means "Hope" in Japanese) to the International Space Station. The module, a massive orbital room the size of a large tour bus, will be the station's largest laboratory once installed. "It's going to be a great mission and...

2008-05-08 17:50:09

NASA's shuttle Discovery is on track to ferry seven astronauts and a large Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month. Shuttle commander Mark Kelly told reporters Thursday that Discovery's preparations are going extremely smoothly for its planned May 31 launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. "From what I was told yesterday, the condition of the orbiter and the number of problems we've had with it have been at a historic...

2008-05-06 17:28:49

The seven shuttle astronauts preparing to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) with a new Japanese laboratory this month arrived at NASA's Florida spaceport Tuesday for launch day practice. Commanded by veteran NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, the astronauts are gearing up for a planned May 31 launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery to deliver Japan's tour bus-sized Kibo module, the largest room built for the station. "Discovery looks really good from what we can...

2008-05-03 15:08:28

The space shuttle Discovery rolled out to its Florida launch pad early Saturday as NASA prepares to launch a massive Japanese laboratory later this month. Commanded by veteran astronaut Mark Kelly, Discovery's seven-astronaut crew is set to launch May 31 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to deliver Japan's Kibo module, the largest laboratory planned for the International Space Station (ISS). "We're really excited to be within 30 days [of...

2008-05-03 15:08:28

HOUSTON - The International Space Station (ISS) is about to get bigger. Seven astronauts are gearing up to launch aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery to deliver the station's largest room: the Japanese Kibo laboratory. The 13-day mission is set to rocket spaceward with the tour bus-sized lab from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 31. Discovery's mission was pushed back several days due to delays modifying its external fuel tank with post-Columbia...

2008-04-26 10:15:57

The space shuttle Discovery moved a step closer to launch early Saturday as NASA engineers hauled the spacecraft into a massive hangar to join its fuel tank and twin rocket boosters. Discovery made the short morning move from its processing building to the cavernous, 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to prepare for its planned May 31 launch. The shuttle's seven-astronaut crew, commanded by veteran spaceflyer Mark Kelly,...


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2010-11-19 15:49:49

Robert Behnken is an engineer, U. S. Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Louis Behnken on July 28, 1970 in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He graduated from Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Washington University in 1992, all while being in he ROTC. Just one year later, he received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical...

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