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Conceptualization of the spacecraft that evolved into the Space Shuttle began even before the first men walked on the moon. The formal launching of the program to develop a reusable space vehicle came in 1972, the resulting design resembling a conventional aircraft with a delta wing and control ...
The two NASA veterans became the 96th and 97th space explorers to enter the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a public induction ceremony on Saturday (April 21) under the space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. More than 15 of their fellow astronauts joined ...

Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to begin production next month in Louisville, Colo., on the first orbital version of its Dream Chaser spacecraft, which is designed to be a replacement for the Space Shuttle and will be used to ferry equipment, supplies and science experiments to and from the International Space ...
Reusable space shuttles are a common goal among international space players. U.S. company Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX -- fronted by Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk -- has worked to cut launch costs by making vehicles reusable, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to ...
On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia successfully launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center and became the first reusable spacecraft to orbit Earth. The famous shuttle not only laid the groundwork for the success of NASA's 30-year-long Space Shuttle Program, but also conducted invaluable ...
In orbit, the space shuttle's top speed was 17,500 miles per hour. At that speed, the astronauts saw a sunset or sunrise about once every 45 minutes. During the total of the shuttle program, which went from 1981 to 2011, the combined mileage of all five orbiters was 513.7 million miles. The space shuttle ...

March 11, 2018, marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center. Most of you probably think the first shuttle launched on April 12, 1981, but that's not entirely accurate. The first launch was a mini-shuttle commissioned by TODAY newspaper (predecessor of ...
What you're looking at is a derelict Russian space shuttle, covered in dust and forgotten in the bowels of a Kazak launch facility. It's a remnant of the USSR's failed effort at building a reusable space shuttle as part of the Buran Program. Based on plans stolen from NASA, the program chewed up untold ...
If Stratolaunch Systems were to build a space shuttle to launch with its mothership, it would be about the same size as NASA's space shuttle that retired in 2011. As long as a runway could accommodate the enormous plane, the Black Ice shuttle could launch from anywhere in the world. It would then return ...
The new rocket will use retrofitted space shuttle engines to send people to the moon, Mars, and beyond. NASA recently test-fired one modified RS-25 space shuttle engine at "113% thrust" to observe its behavior for SLS. The first SLS mission is supposed to fly a space capsule around the moon, but the ...
China will accelerate research and commercial use of rocket upper stages, a carrier rocket official said on Friday. "The Yuanzheng rocket upper stage family will have a new member, Yuanzheng-1S, this year, serving launches for low and medium Earth orbit satellites," said Wang Mingzhe, an upper stage ...
"During voir dire, the prosecutor showed the potential jurors an incomplete puzzle of a space shuttle (with only sixty-six percent of the pieces present), stated that the image was a space shuttle 'beyond a reasonable doubt,' and asked the potential jurors whether anyone disagreed, which none did; the ...
With two sonic booms as it descended into Cape Canaveral, a space shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center for the very first time 34 years ago. On Feb. 11, 1984, Challenge crossed over Tampa Bay toward Florida's Space Coast, where spectators waited and watched to see the 100-ton shuttle return ...
CAPE CANAVERAL (FOX 13) - Thirty-four years ago, the Sunshine State got its first wakeup call from an arriving spacecraft. The space shuttle's signature twin sonic booms rattled Florida on February 11, 1984 as Challenger made the first-ever Kennedy Space Center landing. The shuttle crossed the Florida ...
It's been nearly seven years since a space shuttle launched from Kennedy Space Center, and now more of that program's astronauts are joining the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Astronauts Scott Altman and Thomas Jones were inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony Saturday at Kennedy Space ...
Mulready directed Pratt & Whitney Aircraft's effort to win a contract to build engines for the space shuttle, a combination rocket-airplane to carry astronauts and equipment into orbit. The shuttle would merge the principle of the airplane with the space capsule to further man's scientific research and use of outer space.
VIDEO: Kennedy Space Center Offers Tour with Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach Nov. 30 ... BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA— During the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Launch Director Tour, see space shuttle Atlantis with her last launch director, Mike ...

A photographer's long-forgotten, seldom seen images of NASA's first space shuttles are now set for publication, 30 years after they were captured. "First Fleet: NASA's Space Shuttle Program 1981-1986," a collection of John Chakeres' photographs, will be released by Daylight Books in the fall of 2018, ...
Among them is French photographer David de Rueda, who visited the site three times between 2015 and 2017: "The space shuttles are only a few hundred meters from active facilities. Getting there was an epic adventure, we didn't know if we would make it because the Kazakh steppe is a hostile ...
Don't sleep on the Chinese space program. China has already launched two space stations into orbit, and according to a recently released roadmap, the country is looking to build a reusable rocket, a massive cargo rocket, and a nuclear-powered space shuttle over the next few decades. The roadmap was ...
Challenger's smiling crew boarding the Astrovan before their disastrous 1986 launch. Discovery blasting off over packed beaches on Independence Day in 2006. Endeavour winding through downtown Los Angeles on its way to a museum retirement home in 2012. The images are a sample of the powerful ...
NASA's space shuttles used to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but now a new, crew-less aircraft will be taking their place on the runway. It's called the Dream Chaser, and it just completed a major milestone in its development. Sierra Nevada Space Systems—the plane's ...
... of an RS-25 rocket engine (formerly the Space Shuttle Main Engine) ... Transportation System fleet, or Space Shuttles, were retired in 2011, ...
Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early ...
PHOENIX — Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in ...
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation: Paul Weitz, commander of first flight of the space shuttle Challenger dies at 85.
Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early ...
It's all summed up with just the mildest mention of the space shuttle Columbia, which makes sense because the psychological scarring from that ...
Collins became the first woman to pilot a NASA space shuttle mission in 1995 during the Discovery program's rendezvous with the International ...
I have a command center in my house: three cameras stationed outside and three patrolling the interior. One would think I was running some ...
Since the Space Shuttle's retirement six years ago, NASA has been buying spots aboard Russian Soyuz craft to ferry astronauts to the ...
The four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines, which flew on prior space shuttle missions, will join two solid rocket booster segments in lifting the ...
April 12, 1981 - Astronauts John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen fly Space Shuttle Columbia on the first flight of the Space Transportation ...
The Space Shuttle Discovery is the back drop as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the inaugural meeting of the National Space ...
A FORMER NASA space shuttle commander, who spent almost 1000 hours in space and worked on the Orion spacecraft, is moving to ...
This beautiful 1995 $10.75 Express Mail stamp contains an anti-counterfeiting device: random red fibers that can be seen here in the selvage ...
Ormec Systems keeps things moving smoothly for a variety of companies in ways that company president Ed Krasnicki describes anatomically.
7, Boeing's X-37B military "drone" space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral on its fifth mission for the U.S. Air Force. (What mission would ...
KITA-KYUSHU--The sky's the limit for a space-related theme park here that is closing down and trying to offload its star attraction--a full-size ...
A MYSTERIOUS white UFO has been spotted in Nasa footage, sending alien enthusiasts into a frenzy. The clip was filmed with a hand-held camera by one of the astronauts on board the space shuttle Endeavour after it blasted off on its final mission in May 2011. UFO hunters are going wild claiming this ...
It's hard to believe that we are approaching 7 years since America launched its own human-carrying craft into space. The last Space Shuttle mission landed on July 21, 2011. Since that date, Americans must rely on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station. Getting there isn't cheap.
Houston, we have a new Lego space shuttle sale! The Lego Creator Space Shuttle Explorer building set is 20% off on Amazon.com this holiday season, selling for $23.99 (down from $29.99, its lowest price so far). What makes the Lego Creator Space Shuttle Explorer set worthy of our pick is that it's more ...
In 2011, NASA put America's space shuttle fleet to rest. With the International Space Station completed, and two crews on two shuttles lost over ...
NASA's safety oversight of a new exploration rocket and crew capsule lacks adequate independence and “diminishes lessons learned from the ...
Heat poses a massive problem to all things space related. Solving the problem of possible burning up on entry or reentry is no simple matter. But NASA did it ...
... an “Astronaut Experience” at the Kennedy Space Center including a space shuttle launch simulation, which has a moment of weightlessness, ...
... Theft Auto V. And, no, you can't steal a space shuttle – but who cares when you can explore the vast reaches of space and take on missions?
“He flew all the space shuttles except the Discovery, and his wife flew the ... where she can use a simulator to learn how to fly a space shuttle.
SpaceX has launched a top-secret shuttle from the Kennedy space centre in Florida, pre-empting the onset of category five Hurricane Irma.
LEGO reviewing fan-created space shuttle, Saturn V launch tower for ... and "NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale)" by Andrew Harkins from ...


 

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