Topic: Space Shuttle Discovery

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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Female Astronauts

    Astronauts Dr. N. Jan Davis (l.) and Dr. Mae C. Jemison (r.) were mission specialists on board the STS-47 mission in 1992.

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour: See the last flyby early Tuesday morning

    Space Shuttle Endeavour: See the last flyby early Tuesday morning

    The Space Shuttle Endeavour will be visible in the night sky early Tuesday morning. When can you see Endeavor, on it's last mission, and where should you look?

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Microgravity

    Because of the absence of gravity, fuels burning in space behave very differently than they do on Earth. In this image, a 3-millimeter diameter droplet of heptane fuel burns in microgravity, producing soot. This colorized grayscale image is a composite of the individual video frames of the backlit fuel droplet. The bright yellow structure in the middle is the path of the droplet, which becomes smaller as it burns. Initial soot structures (in green) tend to form near the liquid fuel. These come together into larger and larger particles which ultimately spiral out of the flame zone in long, twisting streamers.

  • Space shuttle Endeavour crew launch their own Star Trek poster

    Space shuttle Endeavour crew launch their own Star Trek poster

    Space shuttle Endeavour crew members are big enough Star Trek fans to pose for a Trekkie poster, modeled after the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie.

  • Milestones in U.S. manned spaceflight

    Milestones in U.S. manned spaceflight

    A timeline of significant moments in America's quest to reach for the stars.

  • New Endeavour liftoff date: no earlier than May 16

    New Endeavour liftoff date: no earlier than May 16

    Space shuttle Endeavor, the next-to-last shuttle in NASA's dwindling fleet, was scheduled to depart on its final mission on April 29, but that has been pushed back to at least May 16.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Sunsets

    The Space Shuttle Endeavour rests atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility, in Edwards, California, shortly before being ferried back to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Extravehicular activities

    Launched on July 26, 2005 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-114 was classified as Logistics Flight 1. The mission's third and final extravehicular activity included taking a close-up look and the repair of the damaged heat shield. Gap fillers were removed from between the orbiter's heat-shielding tiles located on the craft's underbelly. Never before had any repairs been done to an orbiter while still in space.

  • Space shuttle launch canceled again

    Space shuttle launch canceled again

    Space shuttle launch: the shuttle Endeavour will not launch this week. Canceled first on Friday and rescheduled for Monday, the shuttle Endeavour has been canceled again, due to mechanical problems.

  • 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.