Space Shuttle

  • Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 'should never be trivialized': NASA tells Beyonce January 2, 2014

    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 pop...
  • Space shuttle flies over NYC; crowds watch in awe April 28, 2012

    New York: In a city understandably wary of lowflying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with joy and excitement on Friday as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over the skyline on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece. Ten years after 9/11, people gathered on rooftops and the banks...
  • Space shuttle Discovery lands at new museum home April 17, 2012

    Chantilly: Space shuttle Discovery soared around the Washington Monument and the White House in a salute to the nation's capital on Tuesday before landing for the last time near its new museum home. The world's most travelled spaceship took off at daybreak from Cape Canaveral, Florida, bolted to the top of...
  • 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...
  • NASA bids farewell to Atlantis shuttle July 1, 2011

    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 faster...
  • Shuttle Endeavour gone forever from space station May 30, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: Endeavour and its crew of six left the International Space Station and headed home to close out NASA's nexttolast 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 Ronald...
  • Woman's plane photos of space shuttle go viral May 18, 2011

    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 2ndtolast space trip May 16, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: Endeavour blasted off on NASA's nexttolast 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 staff...
  • 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...
  • NASA: Endeavour's last launch delayed again May 1, 2011

    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. Kelly's wife,...
  • Shuttle Discovery lands after final voyage March 9, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: The space shuttle Discovery capped a successful 13day spaceflight with a smooth landing in Florida on Wednesday, ending a 27year flying career for NASA's mosttraveled spaceship as the agency prepares for an uncertain future. With commander Steven Lindsey at the controls, Discovery touched down at 11:57 am EST (1657...
  • Discovery lifts off for final space voyage February 25, 2011

    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 here", Discovery...
  • 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)....
  • NASA launches rocket, dozens report strange lights September 20, 2009

    Wallops Island: NASA says it successfully launched a rocket in Virginia as part of an experiment, and the blast may have caused dozens of people to report seeing strange lights in the sky. The space agency said it launched the Black Brant XII on Saturday evening to gather data on the...
  • NASA to try launching space shuttle late on Friday August 28, 2009

    Florida: NASA will try to launch space shuttle Discovery into the international space station late on Friday night, after backtoback delays caused by bad weather and fuel valve trouble. It will be the third try for NASA, which is still struggling to understand why a critical shuttle fuel valve appeared to...
  • Thunderstorms force launch delay for space shuttle August 25, 2009

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): Thunderstorms forced NASA to call off shuttle Discovery's launch to the international space station early on Tuesday. BAD WEATHER: Space Shuttle Discovery is seen on pad 39A as rain falls at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Monday Aug. 24, 2009. Discovery and a crew of...
  • 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...
  • Space shuttle Endeavour returns to earth after 17 days August 1, 2009

    Washington: The space shuttle Endeavour landed at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Friday carrying a sevenmember crew of US, Canadian and Japanese astronauts. The landing at 1448 GMT marked the end of the 17day mission that saw the completion of the Japanese laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS). The...
  • Space shuttle Endeavour set to land back to earth July 31, 2009

    The US space shuttle Endeavour is all set to land back to earth on Friday after a 16day mission. The shuttle is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Centre. The first landing attempt is scheduled for 10:48 am, (20:18 pm Indian standard Time). If the shuttle cannot touch down...
  • NASA's Space shuttle Endeavour finally lifts off July 16, 2009

    Washington: Space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on Wednesday on its sixth attempt to launch since June, headed to the International Space Station to expand Japan's Kibo module. The sevenmember crew is to deliver an outside porch on the module at the station to expose scientific experiments to the extremities of space....
  • 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...
  • US space shuttle moves to avoid space junk March 23, 2009

    Washington: The astronauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery have been instructed to move out of the way of a fourinch piece of space junk, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Sunday. According to the space agency, Discovery's pilots fired their ship's thrusters to...
  • Astronauts go on 2nd spacewalk at space station March 22, 2009

    Cape Canaveral: Astronauts took another spacewalk at the international space station on Saturday, this time to lighten the workload for future crews. Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba floated outside early in the afternoon, as the stationshuttle complex soared 220 miles (354 kilometers) above the South Pacific. They promptly made their way...
  • NASA launches space shuttle Discovery after much delay March 17, 2009

    New Delhi: After several delays NASA finally launched space shuttle Discovery on Sunday evening. The spacecraft is on a mission to provide the International Space Station (ISS) with the fourth and final set of solar arrays. The ISS is a research facility currently being assembled in outer space. A hydrogen...
  • NASA reports on what caused Columbia disaster January 1, 2009

    New Delhi : India's first woman in space, Kalpana Chawla was burnt to death in America's worst space accident. Six years after Space Shuttle Columbia blew up; NASA finally knows what went wrong. As the burning shuttle hurtled towards earth, cabin pressure plummeted within 30 seconds and knocked the astronauts out....
  • NASA tests equipment to turn urine into drinking water November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: After five frustrating days, astronauts aboad space shuttle Endeavour finally ran a successful test on equipment that turns urine into drinking water. Samples of the processed urine, sweat and condensation will be tested on Earth before astronauts can start drinking the purified water next year. But until early...
  • What do you do when you lose your tool bag in space? November 19, 2008

    Things lost on earth may be easy to find,but not in space. An astronaut has lost a toolbag in space while working outside the International Space Station. The bag floated away when the astronaut was cleaning it after a grease gun leak. The astronaut was part of the space shuttle Endeavour. She's now sharing...