February 24, 2011, was the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. Nowadays, the only way to get to the International Space Station is via the Soyuz (which is covered in February’s book club pick.) NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not...Show More Summary
You've heard of butterflies and houseflies, but did you know there are...flies in space? Researchers at the University of California Davis hatched twelve Drosophilia "space flies" on the Space Shuttle Discovery to discover how microgravity affects their immune systems, as well as our own.
Pictured here: Kristin Fisher, daughter of astronauts Anna Fisher and William fisher, hanging out in mission control during her mom's 1984 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Fisher the younger was just 15 months old when her mother became the first mom to fly in space. Read more...
Space shuttle Discovery was rolled out from the factory thirty years ago this month, and in an operational career spanning 39 missions, she spent 365 days in space and travelled almost 150 million miles. Discovery can currently be found...Show More Summary
When Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its 1988 return-to-flight mission, it was a big moment for NASA and America.
No, I’m not talking about the Space Shuttle Discovery. I mean the spacecraft from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (and 2010: The Year We Make Contact). In particular, I am thinking of the scene in 2010 where two astronauts...
Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory's launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. read more
YouTube link. A bat that was clinging to space shuttle Discoverys external fuel tank during the countdown to launch the STS-119 mission remained with the spacecraft as it cleared the tower, analysts at NASAs Kennedy Space Center concluded.Based...Show More Summary
Bryan Jones shot this lovely portrait of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center; the companion site to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is located near Washington Dulles International Airport.
For most people, April 17 was memorable if only because that was the deadline for filing their federal income tax returns. But in D.C. we'll remember April 17, 2012 as the day we saw the Space Shuttle Discovery. [ more › ]
It's not named Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavor or Enterprise. But the Full Fuselage Trainer at the Museum of Flight in Seattle is the only full-size artifact of the space shuttle program that visitors can actually go inside and follow in the footsteps of every shuttle astronaut.
As I watch todays jump by Felix Baumgartner - it's been running non-stop on most major news channels, the same channels that gave a Space Shuttle launch about two minutes between video of a talking dog and what Kim Kardashian just ate - I'm struck by the notion that what we're seeing, albeit in an Evel Knievel kind of way, is the future of scientific discovery.
Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour and Enterprise have all left Kennedy Space Center for new homes, but Atlantis? She's staying. Come November 2nd, the orbiter will be wheeled out to a 65,000-square-foot exhibit, which is still being constructed at KSC's visitor complex. Show More Summary
This image of space shuttle Discovery was taken as the craft began its rollout from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for STS-133, its final mission. Photo by NASA. Editor's note: This...
Nasa’s fifth and final Space Shuttle, Endeavour, following in the footsteps of Discovery, undertook a farewell fly-over yesterday atop a modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft over numerous west coast landmarks including the shuttle’s...Show More Summary
Ben Cooper of Launch Photography has photos of the flight deck from all three Space Shuttles, Endeavour, fully powered, Atlantis and Discovery. "Endeavour [shown here] looks particularly spectacular, in all its glory, just as it had been in space during a mission," he writes. You can buy prints!
Following up on yesterday's post on the Space Shuttle Discovery and the plan to remove 100's of trees to facilitate the move of the Space Shuttle from LAX to the California Science Museum, here is a video that shows the extent of the tree removal project (along with some of...
Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise have already settled into their new homes, and now Endeavour is scheduled to depart for its future abode at the California Science Center on September 17th. Taking to the skies atop a modifiedShow More Summary
Ever since the Space Shuttle fleet was retired last year, several spacecraft have gone to new homes for the public to enjoy. Their journeys have often been spectacular, such as the Enterprise flying over New York and Discovery soaring above Washington D.C. However it seems that Endeavour’s final 12-mile journey to its new home at [...]
Moon walk: Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, almost died practicing that historic walk in the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle. (Discovery News) “The Eagle has landed”: The space shuttle Enterprise is now on exhibit at NYC’s Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. (NBCNews.com) Mars meals: These scientists are trying to figure out what astronauts will [...]