Topic: Space Shuttle Columbia

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  • What time is space shuttle Discovery set to land?

    What time is space shuttle Discovery set to land?

    Space shuttle Discovery, returning to Earth Wednesday from its last mission, is expected to land in Florida just before noon Eastern Standard Time. Mission managers laud a nearly flawless flight.

  • Space shuttle Discovery wraps up mission that went 'above and beyond'

    Space shuttle Discovery wraps up mission that went 'above and beyond'

    The space shuttle Discovery left the International Space Station behind having done everything it was scheduled to do and more. It is set to land Wednesday.

  • Tumbling foam during Discovery takeoff was harmless, says initial investigation

    Tumbling foam during Discovery takeoff was harmless, says initial investigation

    Post-Columbia inspection methods show that foam seen tumbling along Discovery's tiles – and apparently hitting twice – caused only cosmetic damage, say NASA engineers.

  • For shuttle Discovery, a picture-perfect launch after months of delays

    For shuttle Discovery, a picture-perfect launch after months of delays

    After a photogenic lift-off, the space shuttle Discovery and its crew headed toward the International Space Station. The crew will inspect the orbiter's tiles after some insulating foam fell late in the ascent.

  • Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    For 30 years, the space shuttle launch has served as the centerpiece of the US space program. But Feb. 24 will mark the last shuttle launch of Discovery, with the final flight of Endeavour to follow in April and – if there's enough money – Atlantis's last flight of the entire program in June. Here are five questions about what the shuttles have – and haven't – accomplished.

  • In Pictures Exploring Mars with rovers Curiosity and Opportunity

    Mars’ northern-most sand dunes are seen as they begin to emerge from their winter cover of seasonal carbon dioxide (dry) ice in this image acquired by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Jan. 16, 2014. The steeply sides of the dunes are also ice-free along the crest, allowing sand to slide down the dune. Dark splotches are places where ice cracked earlier in spring, releasing sand.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: The Sun

    This full-disk multi-wavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on March 30, 2010. False colors trace different gas temperatures. Reds are relatively cool at 107,540 degrees Fahrenheit; blues and greens are hotter at 1,799,540 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Horizon

    Over Earth's colorful horizon, the silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour is featured in this photo by an Expedition 22 crew member on board the International Space Station, as the shuttle approached for its docking on February 9, 2010 during the STS-130 mission.

  • In Pictures Space Photos of the Day: Blast off

    Billows of smoke and steam infused with the fiery light from space shuttle Endeavour's launch on the STS-127 mission fill NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on July 15, 2009.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Fireworks

    Trailing a thick column of exhaust, the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted into the twilight morning sky in 2002, its thundering rockets briefly flooding a cloud bank with the light of a false dawn. The event marked the start of the ongoing eleven day mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. The shuttle would later be burned up on re-entry in a tragic 2003 accident, killing all seven of its crew.