Shuttle

  • Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 'should never be trivialized': NASA tells Beyonce 02-01-2014 10:58 AM

    Nashville: NASA officials say the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 'should never be trivialized' in response to a new song from Beyonce that features an audio sample recorded just after the craft exploded on takeoff in 1986, killing all seven crewmembers. The space agency issued the statement late Tuesday after the...
  • China bus fire kills 47, probed as serious criminal case 08-06-2013 07:47 AM

    Beijing: A fire on a bus in southeastern China has killed 47 people and is being investigated as a "serious criminal case", state media said on Saturday, just days after 120 people died in a fire at a poultry plant. The bus caught fire during rush hour on Friday as...
  • Atlantis makes final journey to retirement home 03-11-2012 04:33 PM

    Washington: The last of NASA's retired spacecraft Atlantis slowly covered its historic last journey to its final resting place after the US space agency ended its 30-year shuttle program in 2011. The shuttle made its 15.8 kilometres journey on Friday from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, permanently to a visitor...
  • Atlantis lands, ends NASA's shuttle era 21-07-2011 11:58 PM

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Atlantis returned from NASA's final shuttle mission on Thursday, ending a 30-year 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...
  • Atlantis docks at space station on last mission 11-07-2011 07:32 AM

    Cape Canaveral: US space shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday to deliver a last batch of supplies to the orbiting outpost on the final flight of the US shuttle program. Commander Chris Ferguson gently eased Atlantis into its parking slip on the station's Harmony node at...
  • Atlantis' first full day in orbit nearly perfect 10-07-2011 08:04 AM

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Atlantis hasn't performed like a ship ready for retirement. The first full day of the final flight of the aging space shuttle fleet - the most complicated machines ever built - was practically flawless. NASA officials say the unusually small four-person crew of Atlantis worked...
  • NASA launches last space shuttle Atlantis 08-07-2011 09:00 PM

    New Delhi: The United State's Space Shuttle programme ended on Friday with the launch of the last shuttle Atlantis. Atlantis will return to Earth two weeks later, to be mothballed forever. The 12-day mission will be run by a 4-person crew. This is the smallest crew of any shuttle mission...
  • NASA retires space shuttles with Atlantis 08-07-2011 08:39 PM

    New Delhi: Thirty years and 134 missions later, the United State's Space Shuttle programme is being shut down. Atlantis is the last shuttle to go to space. After launch late on Friday night, it will return to Earth two weeks later, to be mothballed forever. US President Barack Obama has...
  • NASA bids farewell to Atlantis shuttle 01-07-2011 09:18 AM

    Miami: When the United States embarked on its shuttle program decades ago, it set out to build a workhorse vehicle that would make space travel routine and beat the Soviets during the Cold War struggle for dominance in space. The resulting spaceship had 2.5 million parts and was nine times...
  • Endeavour lands in Florida after final flight 01-06-2011 01:23 PM

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Endeavour landed smoothly at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, completing the second-to-last 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)....
  • Shuttle Endeavour gone forever from space station 30-05-2011 04:54 PM

    Cape Canaveral: Endeavour and its crew of six left the International Space Station and headed home to close out NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, pausing just long enough Monday to perform a victory lap and test equipment for a future interplanetary ship. "Endeavour looks real nice out there," space station resident...
  • Astronauts offer the pope unique view of Earth 22-05-2011 07:14 AM

    Cape Canaveral: The shuttle Endeavour and space station crews gathered on Saturday for an unprecedented conversation with Pope Benedict, who asked how the space program can promote peace and if the astronauts pray while in orbit. "I think it must be obvious to you how we all live together on...
  • Woman's plane photos of space shuttle go viral 18-05-2011 06:03 PM

    West Palm Beach: Groggy from a late night watching the Yankees, frigid from a chilled airplane cabin, Stefanie Gordon stirred to action after the pilot's announcement. Lifting her iPhone to the plane's window, she captured an otherworldly image that rocketed around the globe as fast as her subject: Space shuttle...
  • Endeavour soars on 2nd-to-last space trip 16-05-2011 10:46 PM

    Cape Canaveral: Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander's wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands. "Good stuff, good stuff," Giffords was quoted as saying by her chief of...
  • Space shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Florida 16-05-2011 06:35 PM

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday on its final voyage which will deliver a pioneering physics experiment to the International Space Station. Endeavour roared off the launch pad at 8:56 am EDT, carrying a six-member crew. The US space...
  • NASA: Endeavour's last launch delayed again 01-05-2011 08:12 PM

    Cape Canaveral: Space shuttle Endeavour's final launch is off until at least the end of the week because technicians need to replace a switch box in the engine compartment, NASA said on Sunday. The six astronauts - led by commander Mark Kelly - wasted no time heading back to Houston....
  • Shuttle Discovery lands after final voyage 09-03-2011 11:28 PM

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13-day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27-year flying career for NASA's most-traveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. With commander Steven Lindsey at the controls, Discovery touched down at 11:57 am EST...
  • Discovery lifts off for final space voyage 25-02-2011 07:03 AM

    Washington: US space shuttle Discovery has lifted off on its own final scheduled flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to deliver a storage room to the International Space Station (ISS). According to NASA TV, the shuttle blasted off at 4:53 pm. (2153 GMT) on Thursday. "Good to be...
  • Space shuttle Endeavour set to land back to earth 31-07-2009 02:23 PM

    Endeavour blasted off from Florida on July 15 with 7 astronauts crew. ...