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  • Beyoncé Slammed for Sampling Shuttle Tragedy on New Album

    12/30/2013 12:39:44 PM PST · by grundle · 39 replies
    yahoo.com/Good Morning America ^ | December 30, 2013 | CLAYTON SANDELL and GINA SUNSERI
    Beyoncé has been labeled "insensitive" by some current and former NASA astronauts and their families for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster for a love song off her newly released album. Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crewmembers aboard were killed. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt said as the nation watched wreckage fall toward the ocean on live television. Twenty-seven years later, Nesbitt's voice is heard at the beginning of the video for...
  • C. Gordon Fullerton, legendary aviator-astronaut, dies

    08/21/2013 10:22:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 21, 2013 | William Harwood
    Former shuttle commander C. (Charles) Gordon Fullerton, veteran of two space missions who also flew NASA's B-52 launch aircraft and was one of only two non-Russians to fly the Tu-144 supersonic transport during a legendary 50-year career, died Wednesday. He was 76.
  • Space Shuttle. Days gone by.

    04/29/2013 7:46:03 PM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    IO9.com ^ | 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.
  • Ten Years Later: The Impact of The Tragic Columbia Space Shuttle Photo

    02/04/2013 11:34:30 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 28 replies
    petapixel.com ^ | Feb 03, 2013 | DL Cade
    Two days ago marked the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, in which 7 astronauts lost their lives during reentry as the rest of us watched horror-struck from the ground. The following day, newspapers the world over were announcing the tragic news, all of them using the same photo taken, not by a prolific AP photographer, but a cardiologist and his 6.3MP Canon D60.At the time, Dr. Scott Lieberman had to order the camera special from Canada (as he couldn’t find one in the US), paying the hefty sum of $2,200. In an interesting article on Poynter, Lieberman...
  • 'I think they would rather not know. Wouldn't it be better to have a...successful flight and die...'

    02/01/2013 3:18:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/2013
    NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing. Ten years ago, experts at NASA's mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on...
  • Columbia Shuttle Crew Not Told of Possible Problem With Reentry

    01/31/2013 8:35:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 94 replies
    What would you tell seven astronauts if you knew their space shuttle was crippled on orbit? It was a question that faced NASA's Mission Control considered after initial suspicions that something might be wrong with the shuttle Columbia as it was making its doomed reentry in 2003. Wayne Hale, who later became space shuttle program manager, struggled with this question after the deaths of the Columbia crew 10 years ago. Recently he wrote about the debate in his blog, recalling a meeting to discuss the dilemma: "After one of the MMTs (Mission Management Team) when possible damage to the orbiter...
  • Space Shuttle Columbia: What Happened 10 Years Ago (RIP)

    01/31/2013 8:17:22 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies
    Ten years ago Friday, the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed and its seven astronauts killed during the final minutes of its flight. NASA will mark the 10th anniversary of the accident at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, and take part in an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where three of the astronauts are buried. Other commemorations Friday include events at a 2-year-old Columbia museum in Hemphill, Texas, where shuttle debris fell. PBS is also airing a new documentary about Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut on Columbia. The wife of the shuttle's commander, Evelyn Husband Thompson, said she has seen...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Space Shuttle on the Streets of Los Angeles

    10/22/2012 3:08:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | October 22, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: 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...
  • Slow We Get! But Why Is Endeavour 10 Hours Behind Schedule?!

    10/14/2012 7:30:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 13, 2012 10:11 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — When it flew around up in space, Endeavour could go 17,500 mph. On the ground in Los Angeles Saturday … we got that the shuttle had to move slowly. Two mph … tops, said officials. ... After saying Endeavour was running about 4-6 hours late most of Saturday evening, officials said the shuttle was actually 10 hours behind and would likely not make arrival to the California Science Center before 6 a.m. Sunday. Endeavour was originally set to make it to its final destination 8:30 p.m. Saturday.) What gives? Why so slow? Why was the shuttle...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Space Shuttle Over Los Angeles

    09/25/2012 9:17:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    NASA ^ | September 26, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It's not every day that a space shuttle lands at LAX. Although this was a first for the major Los Angeles airport hub, it was a last for the space shuttle Endeavour, as it completed its tour of California skies and landed, albeit atop a 747, for the last time. During its last flight the iconic shuttle and its chase planes were photographed near several of California's own icons including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Hollywood Sign, and the skyline of Los Angeles. Previously, in May, the space shuttle Enterprise was captured passing behind several of...
  • Shuttle Endeavour Hoisted Off Jumbo Jet for Road Trip to L.A. Museum

    09/22/2012 2:18:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 94 replies
    Space.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    LOS ANGELES — Space shuttle Endeavour, now a permanent resident of the state of California, has traded its winged chariot for a set of custom wheels. Early on Saturday (Sept. 22), the shuttle was hoisted by cranes off the modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet that flew it to a landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) the day before.
  • (400) Trees coming down so space shuttle can roll in LA (dozens of MLK trees saved)

    09/04/2012 11:01:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/4/12 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is trading the trees for the stars -- and not everybody's happy about it.</p> <p>Crews on Tuesday are chopping down hundreds of pine, ficus and other trees along the streets where the space shuttle Endeavor will roll next month.</p>
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour To Arrive In Los Angeles In September

    08/08/2012 2:58:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBS) ^ | August 8, 2012 10:41 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The retired space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to arrive Sept. 20 at Los Angeles International Airport, where it will remain until Oct. 13, when it makes what is expected to be a celebratory 12-mile procession along city streets to the California Science Center. The shuttle, which will be housed in a temporary hangar at the center until a permanent display pavilion is completed, is expected to open for public viewing on Oct. 30. NASA announced last year that Endeavour would be permanently housed at the Science Center — returning the shuttle to the state where it...
  • 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...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Shuttle Enterprise Over New York

    05/08/2012 9:26:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | May 09, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that in the background? Two famous New York City icons stand tall in the above photo taken last week. On the left looms the Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom, while on the right rises the Empire State Building, now the second largest building in the city. What's unique about this once-in-a-lifetime photograph, though, is the third icon that appears to Lady Liberty's left. High in the air and far in the background flies the space shuttle Enterprise -- perched atop a 747 jet -- on the way to its new home. New Yorkers and visitors...
  • Obama’s Space Shuttle funeral dirge a show for all to see

    04/29/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 29, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Those lucky enough to still be here to look back at history post Barack Obama will recognize the last sight-piggyback funeral dirge of the once noble Space Shuttle as the Obama Regime’s defining moment. Were an artist to paint a picture of a small boy looking at up at his flying kite as the space shuttle passed over Manhattan yesterday, no portrait of the story of America’s deliberate ruin at the hands of a single politician could ever come closer to the truth. [BIG Snip of text] Few will remember that it was on the fullest moon of the year...
  • Thoughts on the Space Shuttle

    04/27/2012 3:28:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I saw it again today, space shuttle, Enterprise this time, flown from Washington to New York, numerous fly-bys over New York City. It's eventually gonna end up on the Intrepid, the Air and Space Museum, the Intrepid, the aircraft carrier. Do you know the Intrepid, for those of you old enough -- by the way, it's a great place to visit, if you have not been, on the west side of Manhattan. They've got an SR-71 Blackbird on the deck now. It's antique aircraft, World War II-era aircraft, Vietnam-era aircraft. They're gonna have to move some out...
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise On Its Way To New York City [flyover expected bet 9:30 & 11:30AM today!]

    04/27/2012 4:52:03 AM PDT · by ETL · 27 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | April 27, 2012
    NEW YORK (CBS-New York) -- Space shuttle Enterprise will soon begin its final voyage to its new home in New York City. The shuttle is being airlifted on the back of a 747 from Washington’s Dulles Airport. It will then fly over New York City before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Enterprise was the first shuttle ever to be built by NASA. It never flew into space, but Enterprise paved the way for others that did. NASA engineers used the Enterprise to figure out how to land a shuttle, launching the glider from the back of a modified...
  • 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.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Shuttle Plume Shadow Points to the Moon

    11/26/2011 9:32:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | November 27, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why would the shadow of a space shuttle launch plume point toward the Moon? In early 2001 during a launch of Atlantis, the Sun, Earth, Moon, and rocket were all properly aligned for this photogenic coincidence. First, for the space shuttle's plume to cast a long shadow, the time of day must be either near sunrise or sunset. Only then will the shadow be its longest and extend all the way to the horizon. Finally, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the sky. Just after sunset, for example, the Sun is slightly...
  • U.S. Abandons Space

    09/30/2011 5:31:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 30, 2011 | Staff
    Exceptionalism: While the American space program is in a museum, Beijing orbits a nearly 9-ton space station module. Soon men will return to the moon, but they will likely be speaking Chinese. While America was scanning the skies waiting for an aging satellite to fall to earth, China was looking to the skies and seeing its future. On Thursday, Beijing launched into space aboard a Long March 2F rocket a space station module weighing 8.5 metric tons that will serve as a prototype for a 60-ton Chinese space lab to be in orbit by 2020. Americans may yawn and say...
  • NASA warns 'risk of losing' space station rising

    08/30/2011 7:47:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 168 replies
    AFP, Google ^ | 8/30/11 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON — The risk of an unprecedented evacuation of the International Space Station will spike if Russian craft cannot resume their missions and return by November, a senior NASA official has warned. "There is a greater risk of losing the ISS when it's unmanned than if it were manned," Michael Suffredini, the ISS program manager for the US space agency, said in a conference call with Russian officials. "The risk increase is not insignificant," he added. Russia on Monday delayed its next manned mission to the ISS by at least a month after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into Siberia...
  • NASA: Space station may be evacuated by late Nov.

    08/29/2011 9:27:48 AM PDT · by magellan · 67 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 29 August 2011 | Marcia Dunn
    NASA says astronauts may need to abandon the International Space Station this fall. If Russian Soyuz rockets remain grounded beyond mid-November, there will be no way to launch new crews before the current residents are supposed to leave. A Russian supply ship was destroyed during liftoff last week. The rocket is similar to what's used to launch astronauts. NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini said Monday that flight controllers could keep a deserted space station operating indefinitely.
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck 360VR

    08/20/2011 9:50:21 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    360VR ^ | Today | Jook Leung
    I know this isn't news, but many FR'ers will enjoy this. It is an astounding 360 degree view of the Space Shuttle Discovery flight deck during decommissioning. Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck 360VR
  • 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
    mysanantonio.com ^ | 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 Program Officially Retired, Millions of Gallons of Fuel to Be Saved!(Greenie Alert!)

    07/27/2011 7:18:20 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies
    http://inhabitat.com ^ | 07/27/2011 | Brit Liggett
    Space Shuttle Atlantis made its final landing today at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida officially marking the end of NASA’s 30 year-long space shuttle program that included 5 vessels, 135 missions and millions of gallons of fuel. We are sad to see the space shuttle go — it is endlessly amusing to watch people float in zero-gravity — but we are a little relieved to know that the blast of emissions from each shuttle launch will no longer be spewing into the atmosphere adding to the effects of global warming.
  • Of Space Shuttles and Pyramids

    07/26/2011 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 77 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 07/26/11 | Shout Bits
    The final Space Shuttle mission ended last week, amidst calls for Washington to cut spending. The Shuttle program cost over $200bln, not to mention 14 lives, while giving little in return. Clearly a Shuttle launch was a majestic site; no one had ever assembled a machine so complicated that had to perform perfectly. Still, at over $400 million per pop, these are expensive warm-fuzzy moments. The Shuttles’ accomplishments were few. They launched satellites that could have been delivered to orbit cheaper by unmanned rockets. They built a space station that replaced an existing station – both of which served no...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Atlantis Farewell from Parkes

    07/21/2011 3:07:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | July 21, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Parkes 64 meter radio telescope is known for its contribution to human spaceflight, famously supplying television images from the Moon to denizens of planet Earth during Apollo 11. The enormous, steerable, single dish looms in the foreground of this early evening skyscape. Above it, the starry skies of New South Wales, Australia include familiar southerly constellations Vela, Puppis, and Hydra along with a sight that will never be seen again. Still glinting in sunlight and streaking right to left just below the radio telescope's focus cabin, the space shuttle orbiter Atlantis has just undocked with the International Space...
  • 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.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Busy Space Walk at the Space Station

    07/18/2011 3:18:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | July 18, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that astronaut doing? Unloading a space shuttle -- for the last time. After the space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Mike Fossum underwent a long spacewalk that included carrying a Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) payload from Atlantis' cargo bay to a platform used by the space station's famous robot DEXTRE. On Earth, the RRM box would have the weight of about three people and be much more difficult to carry. Pictured above on the far left, DEXTRE prepares to help move a failed space pump back to Atlantis. Visible behind the astronaut is the space station's Kibo Experimental...
  • Space program was our biggest bridge to nowhere(Ignorance Alert)

    07/12/2011 6:25:48 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 123 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 1, 2011 | Gene Healy
    Friday marked the space shuttle's swan song, as the Atlantis lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center for the program's 135th and final flight. It was President George W. Bush who announced the shuttle's retirement with his 2004 "Vision for Space Exploration," which included a moon base and "human missions to Mars and to worlds beyond." But it was President Obama who put the kibosh on that vision, canceling the moon project and leaving "worlds beyond" in doubt. "We are retiring the shuttle in favor of nothing," Michael Griffin, Bush's NASA administrator, wailed to the Washington Post recently. Here, as...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Atlantis Reflection

    07/09/2011 2:22:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | July 09, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Space shuttle orbiter Atlantis left planet Earth on Friday, July 8, embarking on the STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. The momentous launch was the final one in NASA's 30 year space shuttle program that began with the launch of the first reusable spacecraft on April 12, 1981. In this reflective prelaunch image from July 7, Atlantis stands in a familiar spot on the Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, after an early evening roll back of the pad's Rotating Service Structure. The historic orbital voyages of Atlantis have included a Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, deployment of Magellan,...
  • With the Shuttle Program Ending, Fears of Decline at NASA

    07/04/2011 3:07:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/04/2011 | William J. Broad
    As NASA prepares to launch its last space shuttle — ending 30 years in which large teams of creative scientists and engineers sent winged spaceships into orbit — it is facing what may be a bigger challenge: a brain drain that threatens to undermine safety as well as the agency’s plans. Space experts say the best and brightest often head for the doors when rocket lines get marked for extinction, dampening morale and creating hidden threats. They call it the “Team B” effect. “The good guys see the end coming and leave,” said Albert D. Wheelon, a former aerospace executive...
  • Final NASA shuttle mission clouded by rancor

    07/02/2011 3:19:42 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 80 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/01/2011 | Joel Achenbach
    CAPE CANAVERAL — The last shuttle, Atlantis, sits on Pad 39A, ready for its valedictory flight. It is the nature of a shuttle to look kind of lonely out there on the pad, kept at a safe remove from the control room, the hangars, the observation platforms. The pad is not far from the beach, one of the last stretches of Florida coastline unblemished by hotels and condos. Beach houses were torn down years ago when the federal government showed up with rockets. Old-timers talk of 11 graveyards and an old schoolhouse lurking somewhere out there, the remnants of the...
  • Majority Sees U.S. Leadership in Space as Essential

    07/01/2011 10:17:34 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 43 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 06/30/2011 | n/a
    On the eve of the final mission of the U.S. space shuttle program, most Americans say the United States must be at the forefront of future space exploration. Fifty years after the first American manned space flight, nearly six-in-ten (58%) say it is essential that the United States continue to be a world leader in space exploration; about four-in-ten say this is not essential (38%).... Majorities in nearly all demographic groups say it is essential that the U.S. continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration. And partisan groups largely agree that American leadership is vital, although this view...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Last Roll Out of a NASA Space Shuttle

    06/20/2011 3:21:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | June 20, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In the final move of its kind, NASA's space shuttle Atlantis was photographed earlier this month slowly advancing toward Launch Pad 39A, where it is currently scheduled for a July launch to the International Space Station. The mission, designated STS-135, is the 135th and last mission for a NASA space shuttle. Atlantis and its four-person crew will be carrying, among other things, the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello to bring key components and supplies to the ISS. Pictured above, the large Shuttle Crawler Transporter rolls the powerful orbiter along the five-kilometer long road at less than two kilometers per hour....
  • 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.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Space Shuttle Rising

    05/25/2011 3:58:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    NASA ^ | May 25, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    [Credit: NASA] Explanation: What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. If you looked out the window of an airplane at just the right place and time last week, you could have seen something very unusual -- the space shuttle Endeavour launching to orbit. Images of the rising shuttle and its plume became widely circulated over the web shortly after Endeavour's final launch. The above image was taken from a shuttle training aircraft and is not copyrighted. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the clouds....
  • In-flight iPhone snaps Space Shuttle launch

    05/17/2011 7:50:28 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 25 replies
    The Unofficial Apple Weblog ^ | May 17, 2011 | Chris Rawson
    The picture at right isn't something you see every day, and it's something there'll only be one more chance to capture: a Space Shuttle launch photographed from an in-flight passenger jet. Stefanie Gordon shot this image of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's launch with her iPhone as her plane descended for a landing. The shot itself is a rare enough event, but what happened next was an eye-opener for the photographer. According to Mashable, within a few hours of uploading the launch pics to Twitter from her iPhone, Stephanie was getting phone calls from ABC, CNBC and the BBC. Her...
  • 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
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Final Launch Live Thread (04/29/2011 3:47 p.m. EDT) [postponed]

    04/28/2011 7:07:05 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 57 replies
    04/28/2011 | Kevin Davis
  • Long Shot: NASA Contractor Could Keep Flying Space Shuttles (Plan to Continue for 5 Years)

    04/27/2011 6:08:18 AM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 1 replies
    Space.com ^ | April, 14, 2011 | Denise Chow
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While NASA is already planning the particulars of how to retire its space shuttles —– including announcing this week which museums will get to display them — a bid to continue flying the orbiters as a commercial service is still in the works, even if it is considered a long shot, SPACE.com has learned. United Space Alliance (USA), a prime NASA contractor, is working on a plan to commercially fly the Atlantis and Endeavour space shuttles twice a year following the construction of a new external fuel tank. The idea was first discussed in February but...
  • 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
  • Obama to Texas Reporter: 'Let Me Finish My Answers Next Time'

    04/19/2011 3:07:30 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-19-11 | staff
    When President Obama speaks, don't interrupt. That's what the president told a Texas reporter after a brief but contentious interview in which he was challenged about his unpopularity in the state. "Let me finish my answers next time we do an interview, all right?" he told WFAA News 8 reporter Brad Watson. During the interview, one of four that Obama held with Texas media in the White House on Monday, the president argued that even though the Lone Star state was historically Republican, his election meant that the politics there was changing. "We lost by a few percentage points in...
  • Ted Poe tells Chuck Schumer where he can stuff his big apple

    04/19/2011 1:52:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    chron.com ^ | 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: Texas Rep Outraged by NASA Shuttle Snub

    04/17/2011 7:32:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 17, 2011 | Beth Sullivan
    Congressman Ted Poe is demanding answers from NASA. The Texas Republican says he was shocked to hear that Houston was denied one of the four retired space shuttles. On Tuesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Atlantis will go to Florida, Endeavour will be sent to California and Discovery was awarded to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport. The prototype orbiter Enterprise, which was used for testing but never flew in space, will be sent to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. "NASA made a mistake," Poe said during a Sunday...
  • Goodbye To Glory Days And Shuttle-Ready Jobs

    04/14/2011 5:46:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | April 14, 2011 | Staff
    NASA: Instead of awarding our retired space fleet to museums, we should be awarding contracts to go to Mars and beyond. Once we triumphed over the vacuum of space. Now we face a vacuum of leadership. A nation whose world leadership was unquestioned once held its breath as an American spacecraft placed American astronauts on the surface of the moon. It was a triumph of exceptionalism that was officially laid to rest this week as a nation held its breath to see which museums our space shuttle fleet would be awarded to. In these difficult economic times and with a...