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At times, the Discovery mission conjured up memories of Apollo 13 for the ingenuity required of the astronauts and flight controllers. In an ever-changing, ever-challenging flight, NASA chief Michael Griffin called this group of seven astronauts true test pilots - and brave.
NASA told space shuttle Discovery's astronauts Thursday that a spacewalk to repair a torn thermal blanket will not be necessary. Mission Control told the crew of seven that the shuttle will be safe for re-entry with the ripped blanket below the cockpit window.
By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts, one of them perched on a 50-foot robot arm, worked to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station on Monday, while NASA pondered whether shuttle Discovery's heat shield needs an unprecedented repair.
Two spacewalking astronauts, one of them perched on a 50-foot robot arm, worked to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station on Monday, while NASA pondered whether shuttle Discovery's heat shield needs an unprecedented repair. Japan's Soichi Noguchi wrestled to pull the 660-pound gyroscope from the station.
Astronauts on the shuttle Discovery slowly scanned the wings and nose of their spacecraft with a laser-equipped robot arm on Wednesday to begin a critical safety inspection never before performed on a shuttle mission.
The seven astronauts who will brave the unknown on NASA's return to space have explained the shuttle safety improvements to their children and tried to calm their spouses and parents.
Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1995 at 12:22 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on February 11 at 6:50 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 213 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 3 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 6 hours, 28 minutes, and 15 seconds. The first shuttle flight of 1995 included several historical achievements: The second flight of Russian cosmonaut on shuttle, the first approach and fly-around by...
Captain Kathryn Hire is a NASA astronaut who has flown aboard two Space Shuttle missions. She was born Kathryn Patricia Hire on August 26, 1959 in Mobile, Alabama. She graduated from Murphy High School in 1977, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Management from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. After earning her Naval Flight Officer wings in October 1982, Hire she carried out worldwide airborne oceanographic research missions with Oceanographic Development...
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