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3 years 4 months ago

NASA will lose 7,000 jobs

With the end of NASA's space shuttle program this month, some 7,000 space jobs in Florida, and the end of many jobs in the communities near the Space Coast. The highly-skilled space workers will have to compete in a labor market where more than one in 10 in America...

3 years 6 months ago

Endeavour's final flight may be delayed again

The launch date for the shuttle Endeavour's final mission may have to be pushed back again. It was set for next Tuesday, but repair work on the switch box that caused Friday's scrub is taking longer than expected. A replacement was installed today, but more testing is still needed.

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....

3 years 8 months ago

Discovery leaving space station for the last time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Discovery's astronauts got a special greeting Monday morning in advance of their departure from the International Space Station. Actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk on the original "Star Trek" TV series, paid tribute to space shuttle Discovery's voyages over the decades. He said the...

4 years 6 months ago

Touch down! Space shuttle back safely on Earth

Space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with 6 astronauts, perhaps ending the flying career of this shuttle. Atlantis logged its 120-millionth mile shortly after midnight, accumulated over 32 flights. Only two shuttle missions remain, by NASA's two other spaceships. NASA is pushing for one more flight for Atlantis, which...

4 years 6 months ago

Astronauts ready, big crowd awaits launch

The biggest launch-day crowd in years is anxiously awaiting the last planned liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis. Only two missions are left after this one as NASA retires the shuttle fleet. More than 40,000 guests have descended on Kennedy Space Center. VIPs on the list include Defense Secretary Robert...

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...

4 years 7 months ago

Rain, overcast sky delays space shuttle's return

Cloudy weather in Florida will keep space shuttle Discovery in orbit an extra day. Mission Control decided to skip both landing opportunities Monday morning. The next attempt to bring Discovery and its seven astronauts home will come shortly after sunrise Tuesday. On Monday, the sky cleared somewhat as the morning...

4 years 7 months ago

Tweets in space!

It appears that social networking reaches even into space. This morning, before suiting up and stepping onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA Astronauts "tweeted" about their experience. Prior to the launch, mission specialist Clay Anderson wrote, "This might be last ground Tweet before launch...have to pack and ready for suit...

4 years 9 months ago

Shuttle blasts off

Space shuttle Endeavour is rocketing toward the space station on one of the shuttle program's last scheduled missions. Endeavour and its crew of six blasted off early Monday. The pre-dawn launch was the last one in darkness if the rest of the shuttle schedule holds. Only four more shuttle flights...

4 years 9 months ago

Low clouds scrubs launch

Clouds have delayed the launch of space shuttle Endeavour. NASA called everything off early this morning, with just 9 minutes left in the countdown. The band of low clouds started moving into the area late yesterday and forced the delay. Launch managers said they would try again tomorrow. Slightly better...

4 years 9 months ago

Space shuttle Endeavour cleared for Sunday launch

Space shuttle Endeavour has the green light for launch tomorrow and an improving weather forecast to go with it. The last scheduled night launch comes as workers face uncertainty after a space policy shake-up by the Obama administration. On Monday, President Barack Obama ditched the back-to-the-moon program of the previous...

4 years 10 months ago

Bring the kids to meet an astronaut

If you have kids who watch space shuttle launches with awe--here's their chance to meet an astronaut in person. Richard Truly, who flew Apollo missions to Skylab, and was pilot or commander aboard Space Shuttles Enterprise, Columbia and Challenger--will be in Colorado Springs Saturday at the Fine Arts Center....

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