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Space shuttle Discovery gets the green light

November 2, 2010
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STS-133 Webcast

The final flight of Discovery’s 26 years has been given the green light by NASA.  Lift is set for tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov 3).  This will be Discovery’s 39th lift-off, and its last.  For its last mission, Discovery will be heading to the International Space Station with a load of equipment, including a humanoid robot, Robonaut 2.

The weather forecast is holding steady with a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time Wednesday.   Liftoff is scheduled for 3:52 p.m. EDT.

Unique Look at the Shuttle

February 15, 2010

Silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour and the Earth's horizon taken from the International Space Station on February 9, 2010 as the shuttle approaches for docking. Image credit: NASA

Endeavour Blasts Off This Morning

February 8, 2010

Liftoff of the Endeavour. Image Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

In one of its final missions, the space shuttle Endeavour launched this morning at 4:14am EST from the Kennedy Space Center.  The shuttle mission has as its main goal the delivery of a connecting module to the International Space Station.  The module will increase living space on the ISS and also has an attached robotic, windowed control station.  Only four more missions remain for the space shuttle program before it is retired by the end of the year.

NASA Working to Launch Endeavour On-Time

January 11, 2010

In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an overhead crane lowers the Tranquility module, or Node 3, toward a work stand. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

NASA is currently working to meet the early February launch date for the space shuttle Endeavour.  Currently, NASA engineers are working to repair broken hoses on the new space station module, Tranquility, that Endeavour is taking to the International Space Station (ISS).  The new module uses liquid ammonia to keep its electronic equipment cool in space.  The hoses that carry the ammonia have been unable to sustain the necessary pressure to cool Tranquility, but repairs are underway.

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.

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.

Discovery Back in Florida

September 21, 2009

The space shuttle Discovery is finally back in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center, completing its mission to the International Space Station.  Due to poor weather conditions, the shuttle landed in California on Edwards Air Force Base.  You can see Discovery and the 747 that ferried it back to Florida in the photo below.

Discovery, riding atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, landed at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 12:05 p.m. EDT, ending the two-day, 2,500-mile ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  Image credit:  NASA

Discovery, riding atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, landed at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 12:05 p.m. EDT, ending the two-day, 2,500-mile ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Image credit: NASA