Posted tagged ‘Atlantis’

Atlantis Successfully Launches

November 16, 2009
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Space shuttle Atlantis with it crew of six astronauts on board awaits launch on the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/TV

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on-time today at 1:28 pm CST from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The shuttle and its crew of six astronauts have an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.  They also are carrying an interesting experiment for K-12 students, Butterflies in Space.

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Butterflies in Space?!?

November 13, 2009
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When the space shuttle Atlantis launches Monday it will have a few extra passengers aboard, namely, monarch and painted lady adult butterflies and larvae. The experiment is from the University of Colorado-Boulder and will be monitored by thousands of K-12 students.  The students will be able to study the effects of space travel on the little butterfly astronauts, comparing the development of the butterfly larvae in space with butterfly larvae reared in their own classrooms.  For more information on butterflies in space, see ScienceDaily.

Atlantis Back at Kennedy Space Center

June 4, 2009

You can check out cool video of the piggybacked shuttle getting ready to land at Flickr.

Atlantis Slowly Flying Back to Florida

June 2, 2009
Atlantis landing at Lackland Air Force Base's Kelly Field in San Antonio, TX on June 2, 2009.

Atlantis landing at Lackland Air Force Base's Kelly Field in San Antonio, TX on June 2, 2009. Atlantis has one more stop to fuel before arriving back in Florida. Photo credit: NASA

Atlantis spent Monday night at Biggs Army Air Field in El Paso, TX and is seen here leaving for San Antonio, TX on the monring of June 2nd.

Atlantis spent Monday night at Biggs Army Air Field in El Paso, TX and is seen here leaving for San Antonio, TX on the morning of June 2, 2009. Photo credit: NASA

Up and Away!

June 1, 2009
Carried aboard a NASA 747, the space shuttle Atlantis departs the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., enroute to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, beginning the last leg of STS-125, its mission to repair the Hubble space telescope, Monday, June 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Carried aboard a NASA 747, the space shuttle Atlantis departs the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., enroute to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, beginning the last leg of STS-125, its mission to repair the Hubble space telescope, Monday, June 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Atlantis Prepares for Return to Florida Today

June 1, 2009
Space shuttle Atlantis is shown suspended from a sling in the Mate-DeMate Device at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center during preparations for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image Credit: NASA/Tony Landis

Atlantis is shown suspended from a sling during preparations for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: NASA/Tony Landis

The space shuttle Atlantis was being readied over the past few days for its return trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on the back of one NASA’s specially engineered 747s.  The Ferry Flight of Atlantis is scheduled to take off this morning from Edwards Air Force Base in California.  If you are interested in learning more, one of the NASA employees has been blogging about preparations for the Ferry Flight on the NASA website.  There are lots of cool pictures of Atlantis being prepped for shipment on the blog also.

NASA Updates

May 26, 2009
Atlantis landing at Edwards Airforce Base.  Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

Atlantis landing at Edwards Air Force Base. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

After having landings in Florida cancelled on Friday, Saturday & Sunday due to thunderstorms, the space shuttle Atlantis was forced to land at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave.  NASA tries to avoid landings in California rather than Florida because NASA loses approximately a week of work and close to $2 million in ferry costs for the shuttle by landing there.

In other NASA news, President Obama has named four-time space shuttle astronaut Charles Bolden, Jr., a retired Marine major general, to be the next administrator of NASA.  Bolden has long been a favorite of employees for the top position at NASA.  Also, many speculate that the pick of Bolden means that human spaceflight will continue, rather than be on the chopping block as some have argued.

Finally, with Atlantis back on Earth, NASA is gearing up for another shuttle mission.  The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for launch on June 13 with a return to the International Space Station.