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  • The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles:

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  • The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles:

  • Atlantis launch successful, historic final shuttle mission underway

    Atlantis launch successful, historic final shuttle mission underway

    Atlantis launch: Despite a bleak forecast of thunderstorms and clouds, the shuttle beat the weather in a stunning midday launch, sailing into the sky on one final voyage.

  • Moon dust from Apollo 11 mission discovered at St. Louis auction house

    Moon dust from Apollo 11 mission discovered at St. Louis auction house

    Moon dust that had returned to earth from the historic flight that brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon was set to be auctioned off at a St. Louis auction house, say NASA officials.

  • NASA space shuttle: Coming to a city near you?

    NASA space shuttle: Coming to a city near you?

    For three years, 29 institutions competed for a (very large) piece of NASA history. On Tuesday, Charles Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, named the four cities that will house the space shuttles Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour, and Enterprise. To make it to their new homes, the vehicles will hitch rides on the backs of 747 jumbo jets. Each institution will pay $29 million to cover the space shuttle preparation and transportation costs. Here are the cities that won.

  • American astronauts have been spacewalking for 45 years

    American astronauts have been spacewalking for 45 years

    American astronauts have performed 239 spacewalks, each of which typically lasted six hours or more.