Archive for the ‘Space Shuttle’ Category

Dead 6-tonne US satellite plunged safely into ocean, says NASA – but get ready for another 2.5-tonne German one

  That dead NASA satellite fell into what might be the ideal spot — part of the southern Pacific Ocean about as far from large land masses as you can get, US space officials said. New US Air Force calculations put the 6-tonnene satellite’s death plunge early Saturday in the US thousands of miles from [...]

Virgin Galactic to take off within 12 months: Branson

  British business magnate Richard Branson hopes to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, kicking off an era of commercial space travel. “The mother ship is finished… The rocket tests are going extremely well, and so I think that we’re now on track for a launch within 12 months of today,” [...]

NASA offers online ride into space

  LOS ANGELES: Want to explore the solar system and follow space missions in real time? NASA is giving the public a chance to do just that through a new internet tool called Eyes on the Solar System. The space agency said the tool combines video-game technology and NASA data to create an environment for [...]

Space station could be evacuated after Soyuz crash

  ASTRONAUTS may need to take the unprecedented step of temporarily abandoning the International Space Station after a Russian rocket launch accident last week. Until officials figure out what went wrong with Russia’s essential Soyuz rockets, there will be no way to launch any more astronauts before the current residents have to leave in mid-November. [...]

Falcon HTV-2 goes superfast – and then goes AWOL

  OOPSIE. The hypersonic plane that’s so fast it could make the Sydney-London leg in less than an hour has gone AWOL. The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 was launched successfully into space from a US Air Force base in California but ground crews lost contact with it about 36 minutes into the flight. Embarrassingly, [...]

NASA signs agreement with Atlas V rocket maker to send astronauts into space after shuttle era

  NASA is saying goodbye to space shuttles and hello to the Atlas V rocket. As the final Atlantis shuttle mission returns to Earth, the space agency today announced a deal with the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Under the agreement NASA will try to adopt the ULA’s [...]

Spaced out: Atlantis heads home for the last time

  The crew of the Atlantis bade a bittersweet farewell to astronauts on the International Space Station, wrapping up the final visit by a space shuttle to the orbiting outpost. As the shuttle age draws to a close after 37 dramatic rendezvous, their crews held a moving ceremony, exchanging embraces and kisses before shutting the [...]

Space junk could come close to shuttle Atlantis

NASA is monitoring a piece of space junk that might come dangerously close to the shuttle. The object will make its closest approach tomorrow – right in the middle of a planned spacewalk. News of the space junk came soon after yesterday’s docking by Atlantis to the International Space Station. Atlantis is making the very [...]

NASA postpones Endeavour launch

NASA has delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until the end of the week at the earliest, after technical problems uncovered last week proved more complex than originally thought. In a new delay for the US space program’s penultimate shuttle launch after last week’s scrubbed flight, electrical failures in the power supply [...]

50th Anniversary of the First Human Spaceflight -Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space

April 12 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission. On that day in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left, on the way to the launch pad) became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like [...]

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