ATLANTIS

  • Atlantis makes final journey to retirement home November 3, 2012

    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 30year 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 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...
  • Atlantis docks at space station on last mission July 11, 2011

    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 11:07...
  • Atlantis' first full day in orbit nearly perfect July 10, 2011

    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 fourperson crew of Atlantis worked through...
  • NASA launches last space shuttle Atlantis July 8, 2011

    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 12day mission will be run by a 4person crew. This is the smallest crew of any shuttle mission...
  • NASA retires space shuttles with Atlantis July 8, 2011

    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...
  • 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...
  • Space shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Florida May 16, 2011

    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 sixmember crew. The US space agency NASA...
  • Atlantis astronauts finish first spacewalk November 20, 2009

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): A pair of spacewalking astronauts, one of them a surgeon, hustled through antenna and cable work outside the and even managed to do an extra chore. Atlantis crewmen Michael Foreman and Dr Robert Satcher Jr had a spare antenna installed in just two hours after venturing out...
  • Shuttle Atlantis docks with space station November 19, 2009

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): Space shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday to deliver spare parts needed to keep the outpost operational after the shuttles' retirement next year. Atlantis, which blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Monday, ended its twoday journey at 11:51 am EST (1651 GMT)....
  • Final Frontier: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off November 17, 2009

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): The space shuttle Atlantis thundered into the sky over Kennedy Space Centre on Monday carrying six crew members on a mission to the International Space Station. The mission is part of the US space agency's efforts to stock up the ISS reserves as the shuttle programme enters its...
  • Space shuttle Atlantis lands after Hubble repairs May 25, 2009

    Washington: The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth on Sunday after a mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, landing at an alternative location in California because of bad weather. The shuttle landed at Edwards Air Force Base after its mission had been extended by two days when bad weather prevented...
  • Atlantis astronauts recapture Hubble telescope May 14, 2009

    Houston: Astronauts on the space shuttle Atlantis grabbed the highflying Hubble Space Telescope on Wednesday, after a successful rendezvous for an ambitious spacewalking overhaul of the lab. Astronaut Megan McArthur grappled the 13.2meter long telescope with the shuttle's robot arm at 2234 hrs IST, after Atlantis...
  • Sunita is 'India's daughter': dad June 23, 2007

    New York: Hours after she returned to Earth onboard shuttle Atlantis after a record 195day stay in space, IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams was greeted with congrats and an honour. "Welcome back and congratulations on a great mission," NASA mission control said to Sunita and six other members of the Atlantis crew...
  • QOTD: India desperate for an icon? June 23, 2007

    "I am half Indian and have got a I am sure group of Indian people who are looking forward to seeing this second person of Indian origin flying up in space. So, it is nice to know that everybody brings along with them a group of people from...
  • India prays, Atlantis stuck in space June 22, 2007

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): Rain and low clouds prevented Atlantis from returning to Florida as scheduled, but mission managers were hopeful the space shuttle would be able to touch down on Friday, even if it meant landing in California. During Atlantis' two chances to land on Thursday, showers were within 34 miles...
  • Sunita signals new high for women June 21, 2007

    New Delhi: Two years before Sunita Williams was born, in 1963, a 26yearold Russian textile worker Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman who went to space. Thousands of women had gathered in Moscow's Red Square to cheer and celebrate the moment. In 1975, Japanese women Eiko Hisana and Junko Tabei...
  • Atlantis could face weather turbulence June 21, 2007

    Kennedy Space Centre: Space Shuttle Atlantis is expected to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida later on Thursday. The NASA control room is keeping a close eye on chances of thunderstorms in the area. Meanwhile, the crew on Atlantis juggled construction on the international space station and...
  • Overcoming Atlantis' safety concerns June 21, 2007

    New Delhi: Over the last four decades of space travel, there have been four major disasters that resulted in the deaths of all the astronauts on board. But the Columbia space shuttle mishap in 2003, is etched in every Indian's memory, as a personal loss. So what went wrong? During...
  • Storm, glitches as Atlantis returns June 21, 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...
  • Sunita's kin sure she's safe June 21, 2007

    Sunita Williams' uncle Vithal Pandya, who lives in Ahmedabad, is sure that Atlantis will touch down safely. ...
  • Kalpana's school pays for Sunita's safe return June 21, 2007

    New Delhi: The last time anyone at the Tagore Bal Niketan School in Karnal was this anxious was in 2003 when the first Indian woman in space, Kalpana Chawla, was returning to Earth after her doomed space sojourn. On Thursday, students at Kalpana's school held prayers again, this time for...
  • Sunita, crew landing on earth soon June 21, 2007

    New Delhi: "I have to work on my hair as soon as I get back so that it looks normal. I have to look like I did when I was home," says Sunita Williams. No wonder Sunita says that because she has been at the International Space Station for a...
  • Atlantis all set to return to earth June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: After nearly 10 days, Atlantis is finally returning home. The space shuttle is undocked from the International Space Station for its trip back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a stay that included construction work and computer melt down. Atlantis is bringing back US astronaut and former space station resident...
  • Atlantis undocks, Sunita begins return journey June 19, 2007

    New Delhi: Space shuttle Atlantisbegan undocking from the International Space Station on Tuesday, setting the stage for return of IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams, who created a record for the longest stay by a woman in space. Overcoming a possible scare that included a computermeltdown and repairing the heat shield of the...
  • OK, computer: Atlantis heads home June 19, 2007

    New Delhi: IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams is all set to land in Florida on Thursday after spending six months in space. Atlantis had a nearly 10day stay at the International Space Station and was scheduled to undock at 1440 GMT on Tuesday, with a planned return to Cape Canaveral, Florida, on...
  • Sunita all set for return journey June 18, 2007

    Houston: As space shuttle Atlantis readies to return to earth with IndianAmerican Sunita Williams after her sixmonth sojourn at the International Space Station, the repaired station computers underwent a test for efficacy on Monday. The shuttle is expected to undock from the International Space Station (ISS) sometime on Tuesday and land...
  • Astronauts end tasks for trip home June 18, 2007

    Houston: Two US astronauts from the Atlantis space shuttle have completed a fourth and final space walk on the International Space Station (ISS), a spokesperson for the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Monday. Patrick Forrester and Steven Swansons space walk sets the stage for the shuttles return to...