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3 years 2 months ago

NASA has new plans for a rocket

WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA is unveiling its design for a gigantic new rocket, bigger than the one that sent astronauts to the moon. And it will go even farther away. NASA on Wednesday will detail its much-delayed plans for the rocket, called the Space Launch System, which will cost...

3 years 7 months ago

Space shuttle commanders reflect on program

Three decades ago, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center for the very first time. Since then, shuttles have flown more than 100 missions. "It's a dream, and for me it's been a dream come true," remarks Richard Truly, NASA astronaut and former space shuttle commander....

4 years 7 months ago

Shuttle Discovery, crew of 7 back on Earth

Space shuttle Discovery is back on Earth. The shuttle and its seven astronauts landed at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday morning. Their arrival was delayed by rain that popped up right before daybreak. But the sky cleared and Mission Control was able to bring Discovery home. Rain...

5 years 7 hours ago

Astronauts get extra moving time at space station

The astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex are getting some extra moving time. Space shuttle Atlantis has been declared free of any worrisome launch damage. That means the crewmen won't need to conduct another detailed inspection of their ship until after they leave the International Space Station. They will fill the...

5 years 2 days ago

Cargo-laden shuttle arrives at space station

After making a 360-degree inspection flip in orbit, the space shuttle Atlantis delivered tons of supplies to the International Space Station on Wednesday. Astronaut Nicole Stott, a space station resident for the past two and a half months, was thrilled to see her ride home. She spotted Atlantis from...

5 years 3 days ago

Astronauts inspect space shuttle for damage

Astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis have begun a close inspection of the craft's thermal shield, checking for any possible damage during yesterday's launch. They're using a 100-foot, laser-tipped inspection boom, which was first focused on Atlantis' right wing. The job is expected to last into the afternoon. NASA officials say...

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