KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

  • Atlantis lands, ends NASA's shuttle era July 21, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Atlantis returned from NASA's final shuttle mission on Thursday, ending a 30year era that opened the space frontier, exposed its dangers and established a toehold for future endeavors beyond Earth. NASA workers lined the runway at the Kennedy Space Center before dawn to greet Atlantis and...
  • 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...
  • Countdown starts for NASA's last shuttle launch July 6, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: Countdown clocks at the Kennedy Space Center began ticking on Tuesday toward the final flight in the 30yearold US space shuttle program, a cargo run to the International Space Station. Liftoff of shuttle Atlantis carrying astronauts is set for 11:26 am EDT (1526 GMT) on Friday, though meteorologists are...
  • Endeavour lands in Florida after final flight June 1, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Endeavour landed smoothly at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, completing the secondtolast mission of the US space shuttle program. Endeavour, which delivered a pioneering physics experiment to the International Space Station, touched down on the runway at 2:35 am EDT (0635 GMT). It is...
  • NASA rolls out new moon rocket for test flight October 21, 2009

    Cape Canaveral: NASA on Tuesday carted a sleek, towering rocket out to the launch pad to test the vehicle planned to replace the retiring space shuttles and return US astronauts to the moon. The flight, scheduled for next week, comes as the Obama administration considers whether to continue the Ares 1...
  • NASA clears shuttle for launch, weather improving August 24, 2009

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): NASA has cleared space shuttle Discovery for liftoff on Tuesday, and the weather looks promising as long as thunderstorms stay away during fueling. After meeting on Sunday afternoon, managers decided Discovery is in good shape to fly to the international space station. A power controller issue (one had...
  • Get space experience inexpensive way May 28, 2007

    Florida: If your dreams of becoming an astronaut did not pan out, you can now experience the thrill of Space flight without being a billionaire. The astronauts, led by Bob Crippen and John Young who flew the first shuttle 26 years ago, took a ride on a first of its...
  • 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...