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  • STS-133: Space Shuttle Discovery's Final Launch - Live Thread

    02/23/2011 2:32:10 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 148 replies
    NASA ^ | 02/23/2011 | n/a
    NASA Managers: It's a "Go" for LaunchAt today's pre-launch news conference NASA's mission management team have given their unanimous approval for space shuttle Discovery's launch tomorrow at 4:50 p.m. EST. "Everything is on track and going beautifully with the countdown," said Mike Moses, mission management team chair. "We're really looking forward to a very action-packed, successful mission and everything is on track." Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, agreed that everything is going extremely well with the launch countdown. He also acknowledged the processing teams who worked on Discovery, its flight systems and ground elements. "As we're powering up (the systems)...
  • Want to See Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Hurrah? Here’s How

    02/22/2011 6:55:50 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 9 replies ^ | 02/22/11 | Clara Moskowitz
    Record crowds by the thousands are expected to turn out Thursday (Feb. 24) to watch NASA's space shuttle Discovery soar to space for the last time. Luckily, a shuttle launch is such a bright spectacle that anyone on Florida's Space Coast can get a decent view. The shuttle is poised to blast off on Feb. 24 at 4:50 p.m. EST (2150 GMT) to make one last delivery trip to the International Space Station.
  • NASA Eyes Spaceplanes For Crew Transport

    02/04/2011 6:56:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 49 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/4/2011 | Graham Warwick
    Private industry could be prepared to go where NASA fears to tread and develop a spaceplane to replace the space shuttle and ferry crews to and from the International Space Station. But if industry succeeds, it will be thanks to decades of work by the space agency on lifting-body reentry vehicles. While its plans for replacing the shuttle are in flux, NASA has a small program underway intended to stimulate private-sector efforts to develop commercial human spaceflight services. While most of those involved are pursuing Apollo-style capsules similar to NASA’s Orion crew vehicle, one is designing a spaceplane. The Dream...
  • NASA considers plan to preserve shuttle for future flights

    02/04/2011 2:59:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 2/4/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    NASA's space shuttle orbiters may not be destined for a museum in five months, after all. Agency officials are conducting a "what-if budget exercise" that could keep the orbiters potentially flight-worthy for several more years, NASA says. The option may offer a tantalizing alternative to the space shuttle workforce, who now must find new jobs before mid-year. Currently, NASA plans to retire all three orbiters - including Discovery after a scheduled flight in February, Endeavour after a planned trip in April and finally Atlantis after it returns from a scheduled launch in June. Meanwhile, NASA has asked the space industry...
  • Remembering Space Shuttle Columbia KIA This Date By Enviromentalists Killer Foam

    02/01/2011 5:31:51 AM PST · by joeclarke · 6 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/01/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
    February 1, 2003 - Explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia. As memorable as the 9/11 tragedy, so was the explosion and destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia over Louisiana, February 1st, 2003. History has given special notice to Space Shuttle Challenger's destruction 25 years ago, but why hasn't the disintegration of Columbia been as noteworthy? Maybe, it has something to do with Political Correctness and the EPA, proving again how our daily lives are excessively affected by by Political Correctness and the EPA. We have seen the deadly effects of the enviromentally obsessed: The banning of DDT which has promoted...
  • Friday marks 25 years since Challenger disaster

    01/27/2011 6:23:29 PM PST · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    Canada,com ^ | 01.27.11
    On the morning the Challenger space shuttle made its final flight, Mark Letalien was sitting in his high school theatre surrounded by wildly cheering students as the spacecraft carrying their teacher, Christa McAuliffe, tore through the Florida sky. But 73 seconds into the historic mission, the raucous celebration at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire, was shattered by a teacher's yell to be quiet.
  • NASA To Lease Some KSC Facilities

    01/25/2011 11:28:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/25/2011 | Irene Klotz
    With the space shuttle program shutting down this year, NASA on Jan. 24 issued official notification that Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch pads, payload processing facilities, runways and other amenities will be available for use by commercial companies and non-federal entities. In its Notice of Availability and Request for Information, NASA identified four types of facilities it expects to make available upon completion of the shuttle program: space vehicle processing and launch, off-line processing, payload processing and miscellaneous. Listed in the announcement are Launch Complexes 39A and 39B, the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Control Center, Orbiter Processing Facilities, Shuttle Landing...
  • Space Flight by Giffords' Husband May be in Doubt

    01/09/2011 5:33:05 PM PST · by anymouse · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 9, 2011 | MARCIA DUNN
    The shocking gundown of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has left NASA reeling: Her astronaut husband was due to rocket away in just three months as perhaps the last space shuttle commander, and her brother-in-law is currently on the International Space Station. Shuttle commander Mark Kelly rushed to his wife's hospital bedside Saturday as his identical twin brother, Scott, did his best to keep updated on the Arizona shooting through Mission Control, the Internet and the lone phone aboard the space station. (snip)
  • Go For Launch!

    01/07/2011 3:50:44 PM PST · by Islander7 · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | Unkn | Scott Andres, et al
    Five minute time lapse of STS 131, from hangar to launch. Pretty cool! Direct Link
  • The Space Shuttle's Lessons For The Future

    12/05/2010 7:44:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/4/2010 | Frank Morring Jr
    The second flight of the space shuttle Atlantis was almost its last. What was then NASA’s newest orbiter sustained severe damage to its fragile thermal protection system when it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B on Dec. 2, 1988. But through a combination of military secrecy and plain old human misunderstanding, the problem went unaddressed until Atlantis returned to Earth four days later. The STS-27 mission was the second shuttle flight after the fatal Challenger mission, an urgent “black” mission to orbit the Lacrosse-1 radar-reconnaissance satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (AW&ST July 9, 2007, p. 28)....
  • NASA delays final voyage of space shuttle Discovery to February

    12/04/2010 9:51:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Star ^ | 12/3/2010 | Marcia Dunn
    Space shuttle Discovery’s final mission is off until February. NASA managers announced the latest delay for Discovery on Friday. They say they need more time to analyze cracks in the shuttle’s fuel tank. The damage cropped up following a failed launch attempt in early November. Discovery remains on the launch pad, holding a load of equipment for the International Space Station. Officials want to conduct a fueling test to better understand the problem. Officials say they will tentatively aim for a liftoff on Feb. 3. That will result in a postponement for shuttle Endeavour, which had been scheduled to soar...
  • What Could X-37B Do?

    12/04/2010 12:49:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 12/3/2010 | Colin Clark
    The wonderfully sort-of-secret X-37B is back on terra firma after a long stay in space. Very little information beyond its appearance, dimensions and the fact that the Air Force is deploying it is known about the vehicle, which looks a lot like a mini space shuttle. The vehicle can stay in orbit for at least nine months. As someone who spent five years at Space News — much of that time covering intelligence issues — I’m going to engage in some informed speculation. It could take advanced sensors into space for testing and, probably, allow sensors to operate from the...
  • Discovery launch will wait until December

    11/27/2010 9:08:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/26/2010 | Gayle Putrich
    The final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery will take place no earlier than 3 December. Weather permitting, the launch - originally set for September but postponed to 1 November because the payload was not ready and then to 30 November after a hydrogen leak was discovered while filling the external fuel tank - is now expected at 02:52 Eastern Standard Time. The current launch window will be open until 5 December. The countdown-stopping leak was at the ground umbilical carrier plate, an attachment point between the external tank and a 178mm (7in) pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from...
  • The Real Story Behind NASA’s Resurrected Space Plane

    11/27/2010 8:49:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/26/2010 | David Axe
    The aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at the space agency's Dryden center - located on Edwards Air Force Base in California - to a test pilot school in the Mojave Desert. At the desert facility, the mid-'90s-vintage, robotic X-34s would be inspected to determine if they were capable of flying again. It seemed that NASA was eying a dramatic return to the business of fast, cheap space access using a reusable, airplane-style vehicle - something the Air Force has enthusiastically embraced...
  • NASA Finds Misaligned Shuttle Seal

    11/12/2010 8:54:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/12/2010 | Irene Klotz
    Preliminary analysis of the space shuttle’s Discovery’s leaking Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) shows a misaligned seal, a NASA spokesman said Nov. 11. “Not to get ahead of the engineering investigation, but they’re analyzing the flight seal, which they found wasn’t aligned properly. The team plans to install a new GUCP ... connectors, seal, etc., by tomorrow,” Kennedy Space Center spokesman Allard Beutel said in an e-mail to Aviation Week. The GUCP leak forced NASA to cancel its Nov. 5 launch attempt of Discovery on the STS-133 mission, an 11-day space station assembly and maintenance mission that will be the...
  • Discovery Launch Off Until Late November

    11/08/2010 10:00:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 9/8/2010 | Mark Carreau
    NASA has postponed the launch of Discovery’s 11-day mission to the International Space Station until no earlier than Nov. 30, following a substantial leak of hydrogen gas at a launch pad vent-line fitting during a Nov. 5 countdown to the orbiter’s 39th and final mission. The leak at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP), surfaced before 8 a.m. EDT, and the pre-launch Mission Management Team (MMT) initially braced for repairs that would permit another flight attempt on Nov. 8, a day beyond the nominal closing of the launch window. However, it soon became clear that the lack of rapid access...
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Live Thread (11/05/10 3:04 pm EDT)

    11/03/2010 7:45:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 36 replies
    11/03/10 | Kevin Davis
    Well this is live launch thread of the Space Shuttle Discovery..
  • NASA gives 'go' for shuttle Discovery launch today

    11/04/2010 2:04:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies ^ | 11/4/2010 |
    NASA will Thursday try to launch space shuttle Discovery on its final voyage, although stormy weather could force yet another delay. Mission managers met Wednesday afternoon and into the evening to discuss an electrical problem that forced the latest postponement. They concluded the circuit breaker trouble no longer exists and the shuttle is safe to fly. But forecasters warned there is an 80 per cent chance that thunderstorms will keep Discovery on the pad. Liftoff is scheduled for 3:29 p.m. (1929 GMT).
  • NASA Clears Shuttle Discovery For Launch Nov. 3

    11/01/2010 9:33:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/1/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA managers met Monday to review preparations for the space shuttle Discovery launch on STS-133, clearing the spacecraft for liftoff Wednesday on what will be its 39th and final flight. It was a quick meeting, with unanimous consent to press ahead with a launch attempt at 3:52 p.m. EDT. “If I wouldn’t have talked about how quickly it was going, it would have gone even faster. We didn’t have any technical issues to discuss,” quips Mike Moses, shuttle launch integration manager at Kennedy Space Center. Over the weekend, technicians plugged helium and nitrogen leaks in the shuttle’s right-side Orbital Maneuvering...
  • NASA Clears Shuttle For Nov. 1 Liftoff

    10/27/2010 10:12:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/28/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA managers cleared space shuttle Discovery for launch at 4:40 p.m. EDT Nov. 1, following a review of weekend repair work to fix a small leak in the flange area of the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS). “We’re in great shape out at the pad,” Launch Director Mike Leinbach told reporters Oct. 25 following NASA’s Flight Readiness Review for the STS-133 mission, the 39th and final planned mission for Discovery. The replacement of two seals in the OMS flange ate up the four contingency days that had been remaining in the shuttle’s processing schedule, but Leinbach said he saw no reason...
  • Panel Says STS-135 Decision Merits Urgency

    10/26/2010 11:00:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/25/2010 | Mark Carreau
    The independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel will recommend that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the White House and Congress strive for a decision by the end of December whether to launch shuttle Atlantis on an extra mission to the International Space Station in mid-2011, to avoid potential risks associated with workforce uncertainty. The eight-member panel agreed on the recommendation Oct. 22 during its fourth-quarter meeting at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, following two days of fact finding. “You could say this is an administrative issue, but it’s a morale issue, too,” said Joe Dyer, the retired U.S. Navy vice admiral...
  • Leak Fixed -- Space Shuttle Discovery Launch is a Go

    10/25/2010 4:08:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies ^ | October 25, 2010 | Associated Press
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Discovery has new seals and is no longer leaking. It also has an official launch date. NASA's senior managers met Monday and set Discovery's last liftoff for next Monday. Launch time is 4:40 p.m. This will be Discovery's 39th and final mission as NASA retires its three remaining
  • Astronaut Corps Shrinks As Shuttle Program Ends

    10/18/2010 10:00:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/15/2010 | Irene Klotz
    With the final crews in training for NASA’s last three space shuttle missions, the number of astronauts in the corps is down to 65 – a 25% drop since last year. NASA plans to keep its roster of astronauts at 65 to support spaces station operations and other programs, including the development of the agency’s Orion deep space capsule and planned commercial crew vehicles, said Jerry Ross, a seven-time shuttle veteran who heads the agency’s Vehicle Integration Test Office, an engineering support team for the Astronaut Office. The 65-member corps does not include nine astronaut-candidates selected last year who are...
  • NASA closer to getting extra space shuttle flight

    10/11/2010 12:47:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    AP ^ | October 11, 2010 | MARCIA DUNN
    There's still the matter of money. But it looks increasingly likely that NASA will get an extra space shuttle flight. President Barack Obama signed the NASA 2010 Authorization Act into law Monday, following last week's approval by Congress. The measure directs NASA to move forward with an additional shuttle flight, before retiring the fleet. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says the funding issue should be resolved once Congress returns to Washington in a lame duck session next month.
  • Shuttle Program Assigns Nov. 1 Launch Date

    10/08/2010 9:48:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/8/2010 | Mark Carreau
    NASA space shuttle program managers approved a Nov. 1 launch date for the 11-day STS-133 mission aboard the shuttle Discovery, following a Oct. 6 review of mission preparations. John Shannon, the shuttle program manager, received a unanimous “go” from the team members to continue with launch preparations. NASA will host an agency-wide Flight Readiness Review on Oct. 25 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to set a formal launch date. The FRR will assess the readiness of the International Space Station as well as Discovery for the STS-133 flight. During the mission, Discovery’s six-member crew will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose...
  • Hundreds in Texas, Florida NASA Community Laid Off

    10/01/2010 4:04:18 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 63 replies
    myfoxhouston ^ | 10.1.2010 | ANDREA WATKINS
    HOUSTON - Perhaps as many as one thousand people from the NASA community are being laid off Friday. The cut-backs are among NASA contractors tied to the Space Shuttle Program that has just 3 launches remaining. The United Space Alliance (USA) says it's letting go of 333 employees from its Houston office and nearly 900 employees in Florida. "Today we say goodbye to a remarkable group of people," said USA's Chief Executive Officer Virginia Barnes Friday morning. Barnes statement continued, "Although our workforce has known for several years that the Space Shuttle Program was scheduled to end, layoffs are always...
  • Booster stacking underway for final space shuttle launch

    07/21/2010 12:10:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 7/21/2010 | Stephen Clark
    Workers started assembling twin solid rocket boosters this week to help power Endeavour toward orbit in February on the final scheduled launch of the space shuttle program. A heavy-lifting crane hoisted the aft segment of the shuttle's left solid rocket booster Monday and moved the motor atop a mobile launcher platform. The boosters for Endeavour's STS-134 mission are being stacked inside High Bay 1 of the Kennedy Space Center's cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building. Crews repeated the procedure Tuesday and lifted the right booster's aft segment from the VAB's transfer aisle into High Bay 1. It will take about three weeks...
  • US Senate panel votes to extend space shuttle program

    07/17/2010 10:28:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space Travel ^ | 7/15/2010 | AFP via Space Travel
    A key Senate panel approved Thursday a 2011 budget proposal for the US space agency NASA that would extend the space shuttle program in a compromise from the Obama administration's demands. Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously approved the legislation, after months of debate and criticism. The powerful Senate Budget Committee must still approve the bill before sending it to the full chamber for a vote. Although the plan maintains the White House's 19-billion-dollar request for NASA funding for the fiscal year that begins on October 1, it adds another shuttle mission in...
  • NASA honours shuttle External Tank workforce

    07/11/2010 9:38:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Brahmand.Com ^ | 7/9/2010 | Brahmand.Com
    NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have paid tribute to the workforce who built the external tanks for the space shuttle fleet. The last external tank scheduled to fly on a shuttle mission was completed on June 25 by Lockheed Martin workers at Michoud. "ET-138 is the last in a series of tanks that has provided increasingly safer launches of space shuttles," said John Honeycutt, manager of the External Tank project. The tank was scheduled to depart after the ceremony Thursday aboard the Pegasus barge on a six-day, 900-mile sea journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida where...
  • USA Expects Cutbacks After Shuttle Layoff

    07/11/2010 1:43:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 78/2010 | Mark Carreau
    United Space Alliance (USA) anticipates that smaller layoffs in January and late March of next year will follow the 15% cutback announced July 6 by NASA’s Houston-based space shuttle prime contractor to align the company’s workforce with NASA’s requirements to fly out the remaining assembly and supply missions to the International Space Station. On July 1, NASA formally delayed the STS-133 mission aboard Discovery with the Permanent Multi-purpose Module until Nov. 1 and the STS-134 mission aboard Endeavour with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer until Feb. 26. A decision on whether to prepare Endeavour’s launch-on-need orbiter, Atlantis, for an operational supply...
  • NASA Delays Final Two Shuttle Flights(Update)

    07/06/2010 10:21:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 7/6/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA managers July 1 decided to delay the last two missions of the space shuttle program to allow more time to prepare a final load of spare parts for the International Space Station. To cover shuttle operating expenses beyond Sept. 30, NASA will dip into an expected $600-million cushion promised by legislators and tap savings that managers have been accruing from the program’s roughly $200 million monthly allotments. If schedules hold, Discovery will lift off at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Nov. 1 with a load of station space parts and other equipment inside the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which is...
  • U.S. Space Program Bows To Mecca

    07/06/2010 6:16:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 6, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Priorities: NASA's chief says his mission is not to return us to space but to help the Muslim world feel good about its scientific contributions. The moon we should be landing on should not be crescent-shaped. At a time when the only missile programs in the Arab world, namely in Syria and Iran, are aimed at hitting Israel with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, NASA administrator Charles Bolden goes on Al Jazeera to tell the Muslim world his "foremost" goal was to make them feel good about their achievements in math, science and engineering.
  • NASA Delays Death of Space Shuttle Program to 2011

    07/01/2010 5:56:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/01/2010 | Fox News
    NASA's space shuttle program has gotten a brief reprieve, as the space agency plans to keep shuttle flights going until next year. The space agency made it official Thursday after weeks of hints about the potential for launch delays. Managers agreed to postpone the next-to-last shuttle launch until Nov. 1. Discovery had been scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in September. The very last mission now has a Feb. 26 launch date. Endeavour will close out the shuttle program by delivering a major scientific instrument to the space station. Why the delays? NASA says it needs more time...
  • Space shuttle missions likely to be postponed: NASA

    06/27/2010 3:53:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    AFP via Space Travel ^ | 6/25/2010 | AFP via Space Travel
    The two final US space shuttle missions before the shuttle program is phased out will likely be postponed, a NASA spokesperson told AFP on Friday. "It's not official yet but it's very likely," said Allard Beutel, media services chief at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "The decision will be officially announced July 1st," he said. The US space shuttles are being retired after President Barack Obama opted not to fund a successor program, deciding instead to encourage private spacecraft development. The final two shuttle missions are both to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS). The shuttle Discovery's flight to...
  • NASA Looking To Reschedule Shuttle Finale

    06/22/2010 10:55:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 6/22/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA managers this week plan to request new launch dates for the final two shuttle flights to accommodate preparations on space station equipment slated to fly on the STS-133 mission, originally targeted for September. If approved, NASA would postpone until Oct. 29 the launch of shuttle Discovery on STS-133, which includes installation of the modified Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo cargo carrier for long-duration flight on the station and delivery of spare parts for several key station systems. Previously scheduled missions by international partners and Sun angle heating issues would in turn bump shuttle Endeavour’s launch with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer,...
  • My Encounter With Space Shuttle Endeavor (Photo Heavy)

    05/29/2010 8:55:59 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 66 replies · 1,181+ views
    5/29/10 | my favorite headache
    I am not sure who would be interested in viewing these pictures but I had the tremendous honor of being escorted by a friend who works at Kennedy Space Center in late February as a mission specialist around Endeavor, the tower, the waiting room, the walk out ramp, and a number of other area's of KSC. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that will never happen again with the shuttles being retired. I am just getting around to loading up some of the photos and wanted to share them here. Enjoy!
  • Race is on for museums to host retired space shuttles

    05/27/2010 10:55:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 471+ views
    AFP via Space Travel ^ | 5/26/2010 | AFP via Space Travel
    US museums are wasting no time in jostling to showcase the three retiring space shuttles after Atlantis touched down on Earth this week, capping the last scheduled mission of its 25-year career. "No doubt the competition is fierce," said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. His institution is among some 21 others competing to preserve and exhibit the Atlantis, Discovery or Endeavour space shuttles. The trio is being retired after President Barack Obama opted not to fund a successor program, deciding instead to encourage private spacecraft development. NASA has announced it would...
  • SUNSET PLANETS AND SPACESHIPS (ISS & Shuttle making visible passes over parts of US tonight and Sun)

    05/15/2010 6:57:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 6 replies · 746+ views ^ | May 15, 2010
    "When the sun sets tonight, go outside and look west. You'll see Venus and the crescent Moon beaming together through the twilight. And don't be surprised if you see a spaceship, too. The ISS and Atlantis are circling Earth and flying over many US towns and cities this evening. A four-way conjunction of planets and spaceships is not out of the question. Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flyby predictions." (simply enter zip code):
  • Space Shuttle May Continue Through Next Year

    05/10/2010 10:19:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 249+ views
    RIA Novosti via Space Travel ^ | 5/10/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Travel
    The U.S. Space Shuttle program may not come to an end this year, Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said in a statement, citing International Space Station (ISS) manager. According to Michael Suffredini, the space shuttle Atlantis may be launched to the ISS in summer 2011. "In this case, additional scientific equipment and components for system of water regeneration from condensate could be delivered to the U.S. segment of the station," the statement said. "However, funding for this flight has not been provided so far." The U.S. flights program was planned to be closed this year. The final flight to the...
  • Atlantis launch still 'go' for Friday

    05/10/2010 6:38:28 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 187+ views ^ | 05/10/10
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- NASA says space shuttle Atlantis's last crew prepared Monday for pre-launch training in advance of the shuttle's final mission.
  • Last Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis Set for May 14

    05/05/2010 9:01:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 314+ views Via Yahoo News ^ | 5/5/2010 | Tariq Malik
    NASA has cleared the space shuttle Atlantis for its last planned launch on May 14, the first of three final spaceflights planned for the U.S. space agency's storied space plane fleet. Atlantis is officially set to blast off on May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle's six-astronaut crew will deliver and install a new Russian science module called Rassvet, which means "Dawn" in Russian. "We're ready to go next Friday," NASA's shuttle program chief John Shannon told reporters Wednesday. "It's been...
  • ISS Could Use Summer 2011 Shuttle Mission

    05/04/2010 4:24:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 167+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/04/2010 | Mark Carreau
    Space station Program Manager Mike Suffredini would prefer a summer 2011 flight if NASA moves forward with an extra shuttle mission using orbiter Atlantis. The timing would permit the shuttle to supply the orbiting laboratory with additional scientific hardware and components for the water recovery system that is recycling condensate from the breathing air and urine into drinking water for the six-person crews, Suffredini said May 3. Nonetheless, there is no funding for a mid-2011 extension, and the shuttle program is proceeding with plans to wind up operations late this year, with the launching of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)...
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (04/20/10 9:08 am EDT)

    04/19/2010 5:47:55 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 71 replies · 2,434+ views
    04/19/10 | Kevin Davis
    Good mission.. 2nd time the charm????
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (04/19/10 8:48am EDT)

    04/18/2010 5:14:02 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 53 replies · 2,969+ views
    04/19/10 | Kevin Davis
    This is the Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread
  • The Space Ruse: Obama's New Frontier

    04/16/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 916+ views ^ | 4/16/10 | editor
    Competitiveness: The president spent Tax Day reassuring Florida voters that money will keep flowing to NASA. But in space as well as on Earth, we'll be an unexceptional nation. In space, no one can hear you scheme. President Obama's speech at the Kennedy Space Center will never be confused with President Kennedy's clarion call in 1961 to send an American to the moon within a decade. Rather it was an admission that we will now boldly go where no one wants to go.
  • Lost in Space

    04/09/2010 9:06:33 AM PDT · by americanophile · 18 replies · 642+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 9, 2010 | Gene J. Koprowski
    When America's space shuttle program ends in September, the U.S. will be completely dependent on Russian rockets for launching men and women into space -- and bringing them back. But what will happen to America's astronauts if relations between the U.S. and Russia sour? Until American companies come to market with commercial rockets and launch vehicles to replace the shuttle, the only nation ever to put a man on the Moon won't even be able to put a man into orbit. And that, experts tell, has the potential to be a "tragic mistake," one that could hold America's astronauts...
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Live Thread (04/05/10 6:21am EDT)

    04/04/2010 6:02:23 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 146 replies · 4,110+ views
    04/04/10 | Kevin Davis
    Dear Lord Please Don't Let Me Frak Up!!
  • Shuttle fleet's home counts down to an uncertain future

    04/03/2010 9:29:39 AM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 22 replies · 826+ views
    Yahoo! news ^ | ALLISON LOUIE-GARCIA 3 April 2010
    TITUSVILLE, Fla. — They call it Space City, U.S.A. Drive along Highway 50 into Titusville, just across the Indian River from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and you’ll ... Now, as NASA prepares to ground its shuttle fleet permanently — just four more launches are planned, including one early Monday — Titusville's 45,000 residents are left to wonder what's next. ...this year Obama revealed a 2011 budget with no money allocated for Constellation, effectively canceling Bush’s plan and instead recommending that the focus be on privatized spaceflight. Though Congress still has to OK the measure, Titusville faces the possibility of another...
  • NASA sets next shuttle launch for April 5

    03/31/2010 2:45:24 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 484+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA on Friday cleared space shuttle Discovery for launch on April 5 on one of its final cargo runs to the International Space Station before the fleet is retired later this year. Liftoff of the spaceship and seven astronauts is targeted for 6:21 a.m. EDT (1021 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle will be carrying a cargo pod filled with science racks and equipment for the space station, which is nearing completion after more than a decade of construction 220 miles (350 km) above Earth. NASA has four flights remaining to finish outfitting the station, a...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 3)

    03/23/2010 8:59:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 486+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 3/23/2010 | Dwayne Day
    A few years ago a company by the name of AirLaunch had a novel idea for a rocket—put it in a C-17 cargo plane and then slide it out the back at high altitude. The rocket would rotate until it was vertical and then fire, heading into orbit. You can watch video of the drop tests. “We examined a wide variety of propellants ranging from storable hypergolics, RP/LOX, to fluorine/deuterium.” That may sound exotic, but Ehrlich joked that “this was a paper study!” Now imagine that instead of a relatively small rocket, there was a much larger rocket, with a...