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With recent speculation that NASA is planning a manned mission to an asteroid to bring back samples of space rock, it would be informative to know how astronauts will travel there. The mission itself will use the new program that NASA is developing called Project Constellation. The program, which replaces the current Space Transportation System (STS) involving the Space Shuttle fleet, will extend manned space activities of the United States from low-Earth orbit to such destinations as the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and possibly other more distant celestial bodies.
Thursday, 28 December 2006 19:27

NASA on a mission to make space cool

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NASA is failing to sell the final frontier to America's youth, with Generation Y asking; why bother going to Mars?

On December 27, 2006, a French-led multinational team (consisting of the European Space Agency, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain) launched the first ever spacecraft to exclusively study planets outside the Earth’s solar system. The spacecraft Corot, which stands for COnvection ROtation and planetary Transits, will study exosolar planets, or exoplanets; that is, any planet orbiting a star other than the Sun.

The Space Elevator—an elevator that would go up and down between the Earth’s surface and a point in space above the Earth—has been a topic of science and science fiction for years. However, materials did not exist that were strong enough to actually build it. In the twenty-first century, that is no longer the case.

 

The next NASA Space Shuttle mission is expected to lift off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A on March 16, 2007. Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, its crew will consist of Commander Frederick Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault, and Mission Specialists James Reilly, John Olivas, Patrick Forrester, and Steve Swanson.
Saturday, 23 December 2006 04:32

Discovery lands safely at Kennedy Space Centre

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The Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts have landed safety at Florida's Kennedy Space Centre after NASA skipped two landing opportunities due to bad weather.

 

The Space Shuttle Discovery has begun its descent, performing the deorbit burn to bring it into land at Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 5.32pm.

 

Saturday, 23 December 2006 01:32

NASA aborts Discovery's first landing attempt

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The Space Shuttle Discovery has scrubbed its first landing attempt due to bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

 

Flight controllers at the NASA Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, have announced that mysterious red “blips” have been recently observed and NASA and contractor personnel at the Kennedy landing facility in Florida have discovered reindeer “signs” .
Friday, 22 December 2006 03:57

NASA clears Discovery heat shield for landing

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NASA engineers have cleared Space Shuttle Discovery for re-entry, with three landing sites to be prepared as the shuttle runs on emergency fuel.

 

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