Cape Canaveral

  • Shuttle heads back to Earth for last time July 21, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: The shuttle Atlantis astronauts fired their spaceship's braking rockets to leave orbit on Thursday, aiming to conclude the final US space shuttle mission with a predawn landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle was targeted to land at its home base at 0957 GMT. Atlantis' return from...
  • Storm, glitches as Atlantis returns June 22, 2007

    Cape Canaveral, Florida: Atlantis heat shield is safe to return to Earth, mission managers decided, a day before the space shuttle was planned to land in Florida. A forecast for thunderstorms appeared to be the main obstacle for its return. The shuttles first landing opportunity at 1755 GMT on Thursday, had...
  • Atlantis on mission to space station September 9, 2006

    Cape Canaveral: After two frustrating weeks of delays, space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts blasted off on Saturday to a mission to resume construction of the international space station for the first time since the Columbia disaster 3 1/2 years ago. The shuttle rose from its seaside launch pad...