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2011-01-22 09:12:56

A test photo of British Columbia's snow-capped west coast mountains is the first official image taken from the International Space Station's new Window Observational Research Facility, or WORF. The image was taken to test the functionality of the control computer and camera associated with EarthKAM, an educational outreach project that allows Earth bound middle school students to take pictures of our home planet from the unique perspective of the space station, 220 miles above the Earth's...

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2010-04-11 08:19:51

STS-131 Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson completed a seven-hour, 26-minute spacewalk at 7:56 am Central. Using a combination of robotics and spacewalking expertise, Discovery's crew members installed a new Ammonia Tank Assembly (ATA) on the International Space Station's Starboard 1 truss. Mission Control verified that electrical connections with the ATA are working. Because of a troublesome bolt, the spacewalkers fell behind the timeline and were unable to complete all...

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2010-04-09 10:23:13

Discovery Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson wound up a 6-hour, 27-minute spacewalk at 6:58 a.m. CDT after helping move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the International Space Station. It was the first of three spacewalks planned during the STS-131 mission. During the spacewalk, which began at 12:31 a.m., the two astronauts also retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and...

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2010-04-07 14:34:20

Schools, colleges and universities from Maryland and Connecticut to California, Washington and Japan will be represented aboard space shuttle Discovery as it thunders into space for the STS-131 mission. The items reflect personal connections to the astronauts who will fly Discovery to the International Space Station during the 13-day mission. In most cases, they are the alma maters of a crew member, such as a white and green flag from Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., which STS-131 Pilot...

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2010-03-27 09:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to begin a 13-day flight to the International Space Station with a launch at 6:21 a.m. EDT on April 5 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery's launch date for the STS-131 mission was announced Friday at the conclusion of a flight readiness review at Kennedy. During the meeting, senior NASA and contractor managers assessed the risks associated with the mission and determined the shuttle's equipment, support systems...

2010-03-26 16:12:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to begin a 13-day flight to the International Space Station with a launch at 6:21 a.m. EDT on April 5 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Discovery's launch date for the STS-131 mission was announced Friday at the conclusion of a flight readiness review at Kennedy. During the meeting, senior NASA and contractor managers...

2010-03-24 08:39:24

NASA Flight Directors Richard Jones and Ron Spencer are available for live satellite interviews beginning March 30 at 6 a.m. CDT. Jones and Spencer will discuss the challenges of space shuttle Discovery's upcoming STS-131 mission that will deliver science equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. The flight is targeted for launch on April 5. To participate in the interviews, reporters should contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 before 1 p.m. on Monday, March 29. Discovery's...

2010-02-19 14:19:31

NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission during a series of news briefings on Tuesday, March 9, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will broadcast the briefings live. Reporters will be able to ask questions from participating NASA locations. The STS-131 mission, targeted for launch April 5, will be shuttle Discovery's next-to-last flight and deliver critical spare parts and cargo to the International Space Station. A multipurpose...

2010-02-17 07:10:09

NASA is targeting Monday, April 5, for the launch of the next space shuttle from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shuttle Discovery's seven crew members had planned to lift off on March 18 to begin the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. However, cold weather in Florida has delayed Discovery's move to the Vehicle Assembly Building to complete the shuttle's processing, which has delayed the rollout to the launch pad. The Space Shuttle Program has specific rules...

2010-02-11 07:56:00

NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the March space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Shuttle Discovery and seven crew members are targeted to launch the STS-131 mission on March 18 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Deadlines for international journalists to apply for the shuttle rollout and Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test are as early as 5 p.m. EST Feb. 11. During the 13-day flight, the crew will deliver a multipurpose logistics module with...