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2008-04-16 00:40:00

The cargo aboard the space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-124 already has traveled halfway around Earth, more than 10,000 miles over land and sea. It's now ready for the culmination of its 23-year journey to the International Space Station. Hope will take flight on Discovery. Or rather, the centerpiece of Kibo, a laboratory complex named for the Japanese word for hope, will take flight. STS-124 will launch the main segment of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's "“ or JAXA's...

2008-03-31 16:40:00

WASHINGTON -- NASA is targeting May 31 as the launch date for shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission to deliver the large Japanese Kibo Pressurized Module to the International Space Station. The liftoff time is approximately 5:01 p.m. EDT. NASA decided to reschedule Discovery's target launch date from May 25 to May 31 after shipment of the mission's external fuel tank from its assembly plant at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Florida was delayed by weather. The tank arrived at...

2008-03-26 23:34:47

This story was updated at 12:28 a.m. March 27 EDT. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's shuttle Endeavour and its seven-astronaut crew returned to Earth safely late Wednesday, hitting the finish line of a construction marathon at the International Space Station (ISS). The shuttle touched down at its NASA runway here at the Kennedy Space Center at about 8:39 p.m. EDT (0039 March 27 GMT), announcing its arrival with twin sonic booms as it descended through the dark Florida sky....

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2008-03-26 19:50:00

The space shuttle Endeavour glided to a nighttime landing in Florida Wednesday, concluding a mission that equipped the international space station with the first segment of a Japanese science lab. The winged space ship touched down at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:39 p.m. CDT, following a steep descent from the southwest that took the seven astronauts over the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. "Welcome home, Endeavour," said Mission Control as the 100-ton...

2008-03-26 06:51:19

The shuttle Endeavour was struck by a small piece of orbital debris that left a ding in the cockpit window to the left of mission commander Dom Gorie, NASA said Tuesday night. The strike left a pit about the size of a BB. The damage was assessed by shuttle engineers and is not considered a threat to the spacecraft nor the astronauts as they descend to Earth Wednesday evening, said NASA flight director Richard Jones, who will supervise the landing from Mission Control. Endeavour's seven...

2008-03-24 22:50:00

The crews of the International Space Station and the visiting space shuttle Endeavour spoke from space Sunday night to reporters gathered at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. During the event, collectSPACE.com asked the astronauts to reflect on the influences of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who died March 18 at age 90, and of the previous visitors to the space station. Set to undock from the outpost at 7:56 p.m. EDT on Monday, Endeavour's crew spent nearly two weeks...

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2008-03-24 17:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Shuttle Endeavour pulled away from the international space station on Monday and headed for home after a heartfelt farewell between the two crews. It culminated 12 days of shared work, the longest mission ever of its kind. The 10 space travelers performed a record-tying five spacewalks, put together a space station robot and provided a new Japanese compartment "” and resident "” for the orbiting complex. "In my mind, in my view, it's been an...

2008-03-24 01:56:49

HOUSTON - The seven astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour will cast off from the International Space Station (ISS) late Monday after a record-long stay at the orbiting laboratory. Shuttle commander Dominic Gorie and his crew will undock from the station at 7:56 p.m. EDT (2356 GMT) tonight, wrapping up a packed 12 days of construction to deliver a Canadian-built robot and the first module of Japan's massive Kibo laboratory. "I sort of looked at this flight sort of like a...

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2008-03-24 08:00:00

The Endeavour astronauts celebrated their successful efforts to expand the international space station late Sunday, as they prepared to end a marathon visit to the orbital outpost. The shuttle's seven astronauts are scheduled to depart the station on Monday, shortly before 7 p.m. CDT, after delivering the first piece of a Japanese science laboratory and a Canadian robotic handyman. Endeavour commander Dom Gorie compared the whirlwind pace of assembly activities since the shuttle docked on...

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2008-03-22 18:40:00

Two astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour floated outside the international space station Saturday afternoon on the final spacewalk of a marathon assembly mission. Mike Foreman and Bob Behnken had a list of tasks: a transfer of the Endeavour's 50-foot-long inspection boom to the station, an examination of a long hobbled mechanism that rotates electricity generating solar panels on the station's right side; and the installation of external science experiments. Saturday's outing, which got...


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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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