Posts Tagged ‘Atlantis’

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Atlantis’ legacy continues as healthy Hubble finds primitive galaxies


One of the jewels in NASA’s crown – the Hubble Space Telescope – is continuing to expand our understanding of the universe, with new findings uncovering a previously…

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Space Shuttle Atlantis – The Final Goodbye


The culmination of a 40 plus year enterprise comes today – an endeavor that sought to push the boundaries of human ingenuity and cooperation, to expand human aptitude…

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Atlantis’ team comforted by the orbiter retiring at her home port of KSC


A few days after the high-visibility move of Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour to her retirement home, a quieter move marked the end of an era October 17th at…

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Endeavour and Atlantis bid farewell to each other at KSC


And now Endeavour has the left the building.  At the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), NASA and United Space Alliance (USA) workers backed Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour out of…

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One year on – Review notes superb performance of STS-135′s SRBs


One year to the day since Atlantis launched on her final mission, the exceptional performance by the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) – which aided STS-135′s ride uphill during first…

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Atlantis readied for her trip to the VAB – OPF-1 for transition


Atlantis is closing in on the end of her Transition and Retirement (T&R) processing, following the installation of her three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (RSMEs). Atlantis is scheduled…

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Atlantis greets sister as Discovery concludes her T&R processing


Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery’s almost 30 years of processing at Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) came to an end on Friday with the retired spaceship’s…

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Shuttle orbiter fleet heading into their final months ahead of exhibition


With Kennedy Space Center workers towing Orbiter Atlantis on Thursday “around the corner” of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) the day after they moved Endeavour out of the same…

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Endeavour and Atlantis move – Final KSC processing begins for OV-105


It’s the final time Endeavour will enter an OPF (Orbiter Processing Facility). After a storied 19 year, 25 flight career, the Space Shuttle orbiter Endeavour was rolled into…

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Atlantis begins vacation inside the VAB as she prepares for exhibition


Atlantis departed her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-2) on Friday, ahead of arriving inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Looking rather sorry for herself – with all her propulsive hardware…

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Year in Review – Part 4: Saying Goodbye to Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour


All good things must come to an end. And thus was the grand finale of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. It was year of exceptional highs and…

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Atlantis put to sleep after 26 years loyal service – OPF turnovers


Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis was powered down for the final time on Thursday, following a 26 year, 33 mission career. With her retirement, the world-famous space ship will…

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Reaching the End: Atlantis and the Fight Against Retirement


For Atlantis, the last decade of her career would be marked with many more triumphs as she joined her sisters in the most ambitious project in space to…

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Shuttle Atlantis and MIR: The Realization of Program Goal


With Atlantis’s early years behind her, the middle years of OV-104′s impressive career would serve to radically shift the gears of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program as the iconic…

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OV-104/ATLANTIS: An International Vehicle for a Changing World


The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis, in many ways the middle-child orbiter of the Space Shuttle Program – in many ways the one vehicle that has consistently represented the…

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NASA teams recommend Early Release of Shuttle OPF-3


With Discovery safely back on the ground after becoming the first orbiter to successfully complete all of the missions assigned to her, NASA is beginning the process of…

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After a Storied 25-years, Atlantis Celebrates One Final Time in Orbit


And so to the end. With a flawless countdown and a launch into a clear blue sky, the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched for her 32nd and final time…

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Atlantis de-stack plan – as STS-125 is delayed to May


United Space Alliance engineers are working a tentative plan to de-stack Atlantis, pending official confirmation from the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) that STS-125 has been delayed an additional…

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Endeavour arrives at Pad 39A – STS-125 damage assessment


Space shuttle Endeavour has been escorted on a mini tour of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) pads this morning, after she was transported off Pad 39B for a…

Atlantis heads back to VAB – ET-127 damaged prior to rollback


With STS-125 delayed until at least mid-February, Atlantis has completed her trek back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Once secured inside the historic building, engineers will evaluate…