The Boeing Company has developed a space capsule that holds seven astronauts and could be used to ferry passengers and supplies back and forth to the International Space Station. Will it be chosen to partially replace the space shuttle?
The Commerce Committee of the U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a $19 billion bill that basically agrees with the earlier White House plan for private space vehicles, a continuation of the International Space Station, and more shuttle flights. A few different directions have been agreed upon, though.
As the space shuttle program winds down, NASA's prime shuttle contractor will be laying off about 15% of its workforce on October 1, 2010. About 1,300 space shuttle employees will be out of their space jobs in Florida, Texas, and Alabama.
According to space shuttle commander Alan Poindexter, while visiting Japan, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have working relationships and do not have personal relationships, implying that sex does not occur in space.
The U.S. space agency announced on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, that it would like to delay the last two space shuttle missions so the last one lifts off in February 2011, rather than in November 2010.
Former U.S. congressman and astronaut John Glenn says that our future space exploration can't be 'done on the cheap' and we 'must do it right.' He recommends keeping the NASA Space Shuttle fleet.
NASA is offering to put a picture of YOU on one of its two last space shuttle flights. The U.S. space agency says, 'launch your face into space and become a part of history.'
The NASA space shuttle Atlantis made its last scheduled landing at 8:48 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. One space shuttle down, two to go. Happy retirement Atlantis!
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane has been seen by amateur satellite watchers as it orbits in a secret altitude above Earth. And, you can see it, too, when it flies over your local night sky, But, don't tell anyone ... it's a secret!
The space shuttle Atlantis has lifted off from the surface of Earth for its final trip into outer space. Its six-person crew is heading for the International Space Station to perform spacewalks and install components to the orbiting structure.
The NASA space shuttle Atlantis is on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. It is ready for its final mission into space, STS-132, which is set to launch on Friday, May 14, 2010.
In a successful test for the escape system of the Orion space capsule, NASA shows that it works perfectly for the now defunct Constellation program. However, Orion may never get off the ground in that capacity.
It has just been announced, as of approximately 9:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 19, 2010, that the STS-131 mission will be forced to stay up in space for one more day due to bad weather.
Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member NASA crew are expected to land back on Earth on Monday, April 19, after a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. Their voyage home is not expected to be delayed due to the volcanic dust in the air, only by likely rainy weather.
If you are lucky enough to be in Florida to see the STS-131 launch on April, 5, 2010, you will also be able to see the International Space Station fly over just before the space shuttle Discovery lifts off. And, the Moon will be in the picture, too!
The countdown for the space shuttle Discovery and its STS-131 crew began at 3 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time at the Kennedy Space Center for its April 5, 2010 launch to the International Space Station.
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