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  • Apple Shuttle Bus Fire Closes Down All Lanes on SB I-280 in Menlo Park

    04/06/2016 11:45:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    A shuttle bus carrying Apple employees from San Francisco to Cupertino caught fire this morning in unincorporated San Mateo County near Menlo Park, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The fire was reported at 6:40 a.m. on southbound Interstate Highway 280 at Sand Hill Road, CHP Officer Art Montiel said. The rear left side of the bus caught fire. Montiel did not know what caused the fire. No one was injured. Two lanes of the highway were closed for more than an hour and reopened at about 8 a.m. No other vehicle was involved in the incident, Montiel said. The...
  • We Never Should Have Mothballed the Space Shuttle

    01/29/2016 8:03:15 AM PST · by rktman · 109 replies ^ | 1/28/2016 | Leroy Chiao
    In the aftermath of Challenger, there was never any doubt about continuing, never the thought of quitting. After the Columbia accident almost seventeen years later, however, the program was wound down over the next eight years. Once construction of the International Space Station was completed, the Shuttles were grounded and the shuttle program ended. I think that was a mistake. Space Shuttle was and remains the most capable flying machine ever conceived, built and operated. We learned much from the thirty years of Shuttle flights, and in my opinion, we should still be flying them. Shuttle carried a crew of...
  • The Space Shuttle (Kind of Blah, I Mean Really Blah)

    07/26/2015 1:22:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies
    Google Plus ^ | July 25, 2015 | Friends of NASA
    NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Launch: Return to Flight | View 2 On July 26, 2005, Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-114 mission launched on the first Return to Flight mission since the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. The years between the Columbia tragedy and the flight of Discovery were spent researching and implementing new safety improvements, including a redesigned external tank, new sensors, and a boom that allowed the astronauts to inspect the Shuttle for any damage. The crew’s objectives were to test and evaluate these new safety procedures in addition to conducting maintenance on the International Space...
  • Airframe Structure for First Commercial Dream Chaser Spacecraft Unveiled

    08/10/2014 9:38:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | August 9, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    The orbital airframe structure for the first commercial Dream Chaser mini-shuttle that will launch to Earth orbit just over two years from now has been unveiled by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and program partner Lockheed Martin. Sierra Nevada is moving forward with plans for Dream Chaser’s first launch and unmanned orbital test flight in November 2016 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The winged Dream Chaser is being developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America’s indigenous human spaceflight access to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS).
  • "New" Book, <i>Hypersonic Revolution: The Quest for the Orbital Jet</i>

    12/30/2013 5:41:20 AM PST · by LS · 36 replies
    self | 12/30/2013 | LS
    About 10 years ago I wrote a history of the National Aerospace Plane Program, published by the USAF. It was restricted, expensive, and difficult to obtain. I guess the USAF decided to make it more available, releasing it in paperback. I just discovered it, but I've talked about this project with many of you:
  • China Lands On Moon While U.S. Shuttle Sits On Museums

    12/16/2013 4:22:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 12/16/13 | Editoria
    Unexceptional: China becomes the third country to land a spacecraft on the moon in preparation for a manned visit. Meanwhile, U.S. astronauts have to ride Russian spacecraft to fix toilets on the International Space Station. Tourists visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where one of America´s retired space shuttles now resides, were no doubt able to see news reports of the landing of China´s first lunar vehicle, a solar-powered rover, on the surface of the moon. The landing of the rover 37 years after the last such mission by the Soviet Luna 24 sample-return voyage in 1976 makes China...
  • Must See:Stunning View of the Shuttle Roaring Into Space In HD and Enhanced Sound

    08/26/2013 1:50:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 12, 2012 | Michael Interbartolo
    YouTube:Awesome View of the Shuttle Launch in HD and Enhanced Sound From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay by NASA/Glenn a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.
  • Space Shuttle. Days gone by.

    04/29/2013 7:46:03 PM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 4/28/2013 | N/A
    Possible that this has been on here before but it's a nice remeberance of what once was despite the enormous costs. It paid my bills for 36+ years so thanks to all you taxpayers. Hell, I even paid myself some of it.
  • A Space Shuttle on the Streets of Los Angeles

    10/21/2012 9:40:00 PM PDT · by UCANSEE2 · 18 replies
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive ^ | 2012 October 22 | Bryan Chan, Los Angeles Times
    Was that the space shuttle that just went by? Garnering attention that could make even a movie star blush, thousands of people watched in awe as a quintessential icon of the space age was towed through the streets of Los Angeles. After landing at LAX airport late last month, the shuttle Endeavour was carefully loaded onto rolling trailers and maneuvered down roads and across bridges to the California Science Center, 20 kilometers away. To many, there was a majesty to the voyage that was beyond description, inspiring people to line the LA streets and wait at windows and balconies to...
  • Endeavour Shuttle's Flight Deck Photos.

    10/02/2012 11:33:51 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 16 replies
    Launch ^ | September 2012 | Ben Cooper, Photographer
    Main site link:
  • Shuttle replica takes Sunday drive to Space Center Houston

    06/07/2012 5:59:33 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 03, 2012 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    HOUSTON –  A replica space shuttle went on a Sunday morning (June 3) road trip, making its way from the lakeside dock here where it arrived on Friday to the NASA visitor center where it will go on public display. The 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) trek was originally scheduled to take just three hours to complete, but obstacles along the way doubled that time . The mockup, loaded atop a 144-wheel transporter, was slowly and methodically trucked down NASA Parkway — also known as NASA Road 1 — to Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for the Johnson Space Center (JSC)....
  • Live view cam of Shuttle....

    06/06/2012 7:41:24 AM PDT · by Doogle · 3 replies
    Earthcam ^ | 06/06/12 | me
    if interested, live view cam of shuttle...
  • Shuttle Arrives in NYC by Barge.

    06/04/2012 2:52:55 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 25 replies
    seattle pi ^ | 06042012 | self
  • Houston Gets Lame Space Shuttle Replica Delivered In Lamest Way Possible (Red State Punished?)

    06/02/2012 7:20:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 1, 2012 | By Matt Hardigree
    Houston Gets Lame Space Shuttle Replica Delivered In Lamest Way Possible The deliveries of the real Space Shuttles to their final resting places were grand events that created amazing images. Houston, which deserved a real d@mn shuttle, is getting a replica. And just in case Houstonians didn't know they were getting shortchanged, it was delivered on a plane but instead on a d@mn barge. Thanks, NASA. I'm not going to get into all the reasons why Houston didn't get a Space Shuttle as it might be mistaken as saying someone else doesn't deserve one. Clearly, both D.C. and Los Angeles...
  • With shuttle's end, space firms seek new direction

    05/10/2012 6:44:11 AM PDT · by txrangerette · 19 replies
    The Associated Press via ^ | 4/29/2012 | Stephen Singer
    Updated 4/29/2012By Stephen Singer The Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. Less than a year after NASA ended its shuttle program, players in America's space business are casting around for new direction.United Technologies Corp. is the most recent company to announce it will sharply scale back its role in space exploration. It's selling Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a manufacturer of rocket engines and liquid-propulsion systems...[snip] Greg Hayes, chief financial officer at United Technologies, rapped U.S. space policy when he announced the decision in mid-March to sell Rocketdyne."Growth will be limited at Rocketdyne," Hayes told investor analysts. "It's still a very good business. It's...
  • New Private Space Plane Aims to Pick Up Where NASA's Shuttles Left Off

    04/26/2012 1:19:10 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 17 replies ^ | 25 April 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET | Denise Chow
    The new spaceship being built by private aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corp. may look like a miniature space shuttle, but while the design takes cues from the past, company officials are hoping this vehicle shepherds in a new era of commercial human spaceflight. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane is being developed to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit. The company is aiming to begin full orbital flights in 2016. But the Dream Chaser design, which is reminiscent of NASA's space shuttle, is actually based on a concept vehicle, called HL-20, which was first...
  • Shuttle Discovery retires with Washington flypast

    04/17/2012 12:05:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/17/12 | BBC
    One of Nasa's retired space shuttles has made a dramatic flypast over the centre of the US capital on the way to its final resting place in a museum. Discovery flew over the monuments along the National Mall in Washington DC at about 10:00 EST (14:00 GMT). Piggy-backing on a modified Boeing 747, Discovery was flying at an altitude of about 1,500ft (457m), Nasa said. The shuttle programme ended in 2011. Discovery will be on show at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia. After circling four times over the Washington Monument, and passing the National Mall over Capitol Hill,...
  • Orbiter Autopsies

    04/05/2012 1:21:46 AM PDT · by U-238 · 9 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 5/1/2012 | Greg Freiherr
    Technicians had worn them for decades as they prepared the space shuttles for their move from Kennedy Space Center’s three Orbiter Processing Facilities to the towering Vehicle Assembly Building, and eventually the launch pad. “Bunnysuits,” those white coveralls with floppy hoods and rubber-banded booties, were designed to keep dirt and debris from contaminating the orbiter interiors. But on this summer day in one Orbiter Processing Facility, technicians working inside Discovery’s crew module wore street clothes. No need to worry about contamination: Discovery would not be returning to space. After flying 148 million miles and orbiting Earth 5,830 times, Discovery, first...
  • Absolutely mindblowing video shot from the Space Shuttle during launch

    Drop whatever you're doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you've never seen one prepared as masterfully as this. For one thing, the footage was shot in high definition, so the image is exceptionally clear. But what puts this video head and shoulders above most other rocketcams is the sound. The audio has been remastered by the folks over at Skywalker Sound (yes, that Skywalker Sound), and the final product is nothing short of incredible.
  • Roger Boisjoly dies at 73; engineer tried to halt Challenger launch

    02/07/2012 1:43:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2012 | Ralph Vartabedian
    The night before the 1986 explosion, Boisjoly and four others argued that joints in the shuttle's boosters couldn't withstand a cold-weather launch.
  • Blame Congress and Pork, Not NASA

    09/23/2011 5:07:41 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/23/11 | Rand Simberg
    Rory Cooper’s criticism of the space agency today is notable not so much for what it says, but for what it leaves out of the story. Beyond that, it gets several things factually wrong.
  • Space food, shuttle tiles for sale by NASA

    09/12/2011 7:19:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/11 | afp
    The US space agency is offering schools and universities a special deal on astronaut cuisine and heat tiles from the now extinct space shuttles, just over 20 dollars a pack, NASA said Monday. "The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-entered the Earth's atmosphere," NASA said in a statement. "The food, which was precooked or processed so that refrigeration is unnecessary, is ready to eat or could be prepared simply by adding water or by heating." Since the items are government property, the price to mail them was set at $23.40 for a package of...
  • A Closer Look at the Houston Shuttle Snub

    09/05/2011 5:45:53 PM PDT · by kelsiejackson · 67 replies
    These days NASA is dismantling the once great shuttles, getting them ready to hang in museums all over the country -- except in the one museum many of us Houstonians think it should be.
  • US shuttle debris surfaces amid Texas drought

    08/02/2011 4:05:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/2/2011
    A piece of the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia has surfaced in eastern Texas, where a severe drought has dried up a lake and exposed debris from the 2003 accident, NASA said Tuesday. The globe-shaped object that turned up in Lake Nacogdoches, north of Houston, was one of 18 tanks on Columbia that helped power the shuttle, said NASA spokeswoman Lisa Malone. Member of NASA's Columbia Reconstruction Team is pictured at the Kennedy Space Center in 2003 "Late last week, we were contacted by the Nacogdoches sheriff's office letting us know that they had found an item of what they thought...
  • Drought exposes Columbia debris in Lake Nacogdoches

    08/02/2011 6:11:56 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies ^ | 2 Aug 2011 | Eric Berger
    The state's worst drought since the 1950s has led to the recovery in East Texas of a large piece of debris from space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over there nearly a decade ago. Officials in Nacogdoches made the discovery Friday as waters in Lake Nacogdoches receded during a relentless drought that began last October. “The lower water level has exposed a larger than normal area on the northern side of the lake,” said Nacogdoches Police Department Sgt. Greg Sowell. The Nacogdoches officials sent photos to NASA and the space agency confirmed the debris on Tuesday as a fuel tank that...
  • Space Shuttle 360-degree Flight Deck View

    07/25/2011 2:39:20 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 25, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    This is pretty cool- click on pic: At the link above you see the actual cockpit of the US Space Shuttle Discovery- note insulation panels installed over windows for re-entry- guess they get a little warm. Last week's final mission -completing 30 years of manned Shuttle flights- was completed by the Atlantis... some facts about the craft: The Space Shuttle was the first orbital spacecraft designed for reuse. It carried different payloads to Low Earth Orbit, provided crew rotation for the International Space Station (ISS), and performed servicing missions- the first one went up in the early days of the Reagan Administration,...
  • Station Crew Views Shuttle Landing

    07/21/2011 10:15:31 AM PDT · by Robe · 27 replies
    NASA ^ | 07/21/2011 | Image Credit: NASA
    This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station.
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis Landing Live Thread (07/21/11 5:56 am) Final One!!

    07/20/2011 6:24:14 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 230 replies
    07/20/11 | Kevin Davis
    Well this is it folks.. It has been a fun ride. It is a shame that I didn't get to see those birds launch in person. Oh well should have moved to Florida.
  • How Congress Sabotages Space Exploration

    07/20/2011 8:06:36 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 19 July 2011 | Rand Simberg
    The Space Shuttle Atlantis closed its hatch at the International Space Station on Tuesday, for the last time, not just for that orbiter, but for any. It separated from the ISS, and will perform a few final tasks in orbit over the next couple days. Then, weather permitting, it will fire its orbital maneuvering engines to slow itself, and start its long, last fall back into the atmosphere, with a final stop of the wheels on the runway in Florida, where it will spend the rest of its days in a museum at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. After a...
  • (clogged $90 million) Space Toilet Gives Astronauts Smelly Time in Orbit

    07/15/2011 5:25:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7/14/11 | Denise Chow and
    Space Toilet Gives Astronauts Smelly Time in OrbitThe downside to zero gravity: a lot of maintenance for waste disposal By Denise Chow and | July 14, 2011 HOUSTON — Even soaring high above Earth on a high-tech space station doesn't excuse astronauts from the most mundane household chores … especially when you're dealing with a smelly space toilet. The 10 astronauts on the International Space Station today (July 13) tackled the daunting chore of unpacking tons of supplies delivered by NASA's shuttle Atlantis this week. But one station crewmember, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, had a more pressing duty: fixing...
  • Shuttle 3D Cabin View

    07/13/2011 7:03:26 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 14 replies
    360 VR Images ^ | 7/13/2011 | Anonomous
    Look Up and See!

    07/09/2011 8:51:18 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 58 replies
    self | July 09, 2011 | swampsniper
    We were in Titusville by 5 AM, the place was already swamped and people still coming in. By 7AM we were out on a bridge over the Indian river. People were still coming in a steady stream right up to launch. I was all set up but at the end of the countdown a mob started pushing for a better view., I lost some shots because people bumped me just as I shot. The haze was thick as smoke and the clouds were so low the shuttle was hidden almost as soon as it started. I don't have any idea...
  • That’s it – Space Shuttle Lifts Off For The Last Time, Atlantis Heading For Space Station

    07/09/2011 8:20:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | July 9, 2011 | Steve McGough
    The last Space Shuttle just took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission – crewed by NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (commander), Doug Hurley (pilot), and mission specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus – will “deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station.” Along with bringing stuff up for the space station, Atlantis will be bringing the first iPhone into space to help with some experiments during the 12 day mission.
  • Obama ends shuttle era, says he will live to see Man on Mars

    07/08/2011 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/8/11 | Ann Compton
    Barack Obama was eight years old when Neil Armstrong made his “one small step for Man” on the face of the Moon, and now as President, Obama has told NASA: “been there, done that.” Instead of aiming toward creation of a base on the Moon, as envisioned by his predecessor, President Obama wants to target deep space. “We’ve set a goal to let’s ultimately get to Mars. A good pit stop is an asteroid,” the President explained at a townhall meeting this week. “Let’s start stretching the boundaries
  • Freep a Poll! (CNBC. should space shuttle program be continued?)

    07/08/2011 3:46:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies ^ | 7-8-11 | CNBC
    Should the space shuttle program be continued? Yes No Unsure
  • A Era In Space Travel Comes To An End, With The Lift Off Of Atlantis

    07/08/2011 9:52:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | July 8, 2011 | annem040359
    When the NASA space shuttle Atlantis lifts off, either today or on the make-up day of July 16, 2011, it will mark the END of an era in space flight. For 30 years, the NASA space shuttle program blazed a path for increased scientific interest in out space. Even with the tragic endings to both the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles, it did not discourage interest of space related exploration. Where should NASA go from here? NASA should look at with interest in working with private space-related development companies and also branch out into other science tech areas. Work also...

    07/08/2011 6:30:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 29 replies ^ | 07/08/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    My little boy wants to be an astronaut. Or a beekeeper. He wants to go to space, but he likes honey, so, in the summer between kindergarten and the first-grade, he’s facing a dilemma. Realistically, of course, he will never be an astronaut. He wasn’t born in Russia or China. And for the foreseeable future, that’s where all the spacefarers will come from. As of today, America is out of the space business. We don’t make the Right Stuff anymore. I was born in 1959, and America landed on the moon for my 10th birthday. For all of my life,...
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis Final Launch Live Thread (07/08/11 11:26 EDT)

    07/07/2011 6:15:32 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 123 replies
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    07/07/2011 12:56:57 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies · 1+ views
    self | July 07, 2011 | swampsniper
    A high school buddy of mine is in town for a while and we're headed for the cape to watch tomrrow's launch, or get rained on! I've never watched a launch when I had a good camera, maybe I'll get lucky.If we get rained out I want to try for some shots in the wildlife refuge.
  • LIVE THREAD: The Final Countdown-STS-135

    07/07/2011 9:23:54 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 75 replies
    NASA ^ | 7/7/11 | NASA
    Well here it is- the LAST mission of the Space Transportation System, known as the Space Shuttle. This thread is dedicated to all the crews, the maintenance workers of NASA and the United Space Alliance, and the millions of fans of space exploration around the world. Launch is scheduled for 11:26 am EDT. At this point, there is a 30% chance of favorable weather for launch....but you never know.
  • NASA Photo of the Day: The Last Rollout of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) to Launch Pad 39A

    06/02/2011 8:47:53 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 31, 2011 | Kim Shiflett, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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  • Live Thread - Endeavour's Final Landing (2:35 a.m. EDT)

    05/31/2011 1:50:14 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 107 replies
    Deorbit burn scheduled for 1:29am (weather permitting). Landing at Kennedy Space Center scheduled for 2:35am.
  • Tardigrades: Water bears in space (photo at link)

    05/17/2011 11:11:51 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 33 replies
    BBC.Co.UK ^ | May. 17 2011 | no byline
    In 2007, a little known creature called a tardigrade became the first animal to survive exposure to space. It prevailed over sub-zero temperatures, unrelenting solar winds and an oxygen-deprived space vacuum. On Monday, this microscopic cosmonaut has once again hitched a ride into space on the Nasa shuttle Endeavour. Its mission: to help scientists understand more about how this so-called "hardiest animal on Earth" can survive for short periods off it. Tardigrades join other microscopic organisms selected to be part of a project into extreme survival. Shuttle Endeavour Endeavour climbs into the sky on Monday Project Biokis is sponsored by...
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Live Thread (05/16/11 8:56 EDT)

    05/15/2011 4:46:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 102 replies · 1+ views
    05/15/11 | Kevin Davis
  • Giffords arrives for 2d try at launch

    05/15/2011 10:11:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies ^ | 16 May 2011 | AP story
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Representative Gabrielle Giffords arrived in Florida for the this morning’s planned launch of the space shuttle Endeavour that will be commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly. A posting on the congresswoman’s Facebook page said she flew in on a NASA jet yesterday afternoon and got a quick fly-by of Endeavour at the pad. The Democrat from Arizona arrived with the family of Endeavour pilot Gregory Johnson. The shuttle was being fueled last night, and the weather looks good for Endeavour’s 8:56 a.m. launch. An April launch try was delayed because of electrical problems. Giffords suffered a...
  • NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch

    04/29/2011 10:35:54 AM PDT · by PDMiller · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/29/11 | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour's final launch Friday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff. President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle's commander.
  • Obamas attending shuttle launch

    04/20/2011 4:19:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 04/20/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    President Obama plans to bring his family to the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on April 29 to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's husband lead six astronauts into space. Giffords wrote on Twitter: "We are very happy that Pres. Obama is coming to Mark's launch! This historic mission will be Endeavour's final flight." The Orlando Sentinel reports that Obama decided to attend for a few reasons, one of which was that he was going to be in the state already to speak at Miami Dade College's
  • Ted Poe tells Chuck Schumer where he can stuff his big apple

    04/19/2011 1:52:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies ^ | 16 Apr 2011 | Richard Dunham
    The battle over those retired space shuttle orbiters is getting nasty. And personal. That's good news for the news business. The most recent combatants are New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a liberal Democrat who is considered one of the leading "camera hogs" on Capitol Hil", and Texas Rep. Ted Poe, a conservative Republican who spent more time at the House microphone than any other lawmaker in 2010. This latest tiff started when Schumer had a one-word response to Texans (and their allies) who are pushing legislation to overturn NASA director Charles Bolden's decision to award New York City (and not...
  • Houston, We Have A Problem

    04/19/2011 3:16:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies ^ | April 19, 2011 | SoundOffSister
    Those words were not good news for those who worked at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. They may have been spoken in other space flights, but, the dilemma of Apollo 13 comes to mind as the most urgent. Once NASA launches a maned space flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, everything thereafter is controlled by “Houston”. Good news, America’s good news, bad news, Houston’s problem. We now have only two shuttle flights left in America’s space program. The shuttle Endeavor is scheduled to launch on April 29, and the shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch later this...
  • NY Senator: Don't Mess With New York's Shuttle

    04/18/2011 6:42:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    msnbc ^ | 16 Apr 2011 | Ryan Korsgard
    HOUSTON — A senator from New York said Texas should not mess with New York's shuttle. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday that New York, not Houston, deserved a space shuttle. A Republican representative from Utah, Jason Chaffetz, is pushing a bill that would take the shuttle away from New York's Intrepid Museum and ship a shuttle to Houston. The representative called it common sense. Schumer said New York is a natural choice because that's where more people would see the shuttle. "I say to the people in Houston: When people all around the world - in London and Tokyo...