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On Atlantis’ anniversary, USA’s future space fleet closing in on maiden flights


The long-awaited return of American astronauts launching on US spacecraft, a capability last seen when Atlantis closed out the Shuttle Program in 2011, is set to return next…

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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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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 and Endeavour continue T&R processing after Discovery departure


Transition and Retirement (T&R) work continues at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for Atlantis and Endeavour in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF), even as the Shuttle team said their…

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Engineers preparing Atlantis and Endeavour for the end of T&R ops


With Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery buttoned up in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) ahead of her flight to her retirement home, and with Enterprise ready to make way for…

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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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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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NASA reviews TPS nose cap damage to STS-135/Atlantis


With the Space Shuttle Program now officially a part of NASA’s past, the agency is continuing the process of getting Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour ready for their display…

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PRCB managers recommend Atlantis and Endeavour become SLS donors


NASA managers have further refined their plans to transfer Orbiter and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Main Propulsion System (MPS) hardware to the Space Launch System (SLS). Known as…

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Atlantis gifts TriDAR to Orbital’s Cygnus for ISS rendezvous and docking


Adding to the long list that is her legacy, Atlantis’ successful final test of Neptec’s TriDAR rendezvous and docking system has resulted in Orbital completing a deal to…

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Atlantis into down processing after MER review notes flawless return


Shuttle Atlantis has been given top marks for her return to Earth via the Mission Evaluation Room (MER) landing report – normally a highly technical, emotionless review into…

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Atlantis arrives home to Kennedy – An emotional finale for Shuttle


Atlantis has concluded her historic 13-day mission to the International Space Station with a perfect landing at KSC. With a ‘go’ for deorbit and entry operations from Flight Controllers –…

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STS-135: Atlantis cleared to head home one final time on Thursday


Following the expected clearance of the Thermal Protection System (TPS) – which was re-checked during Late Inspections, along with the successful checkouts of the systems the orbiter will…

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Atlantis undocks and departs ISS – TriDAR tests continue with flyaround


Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis has undocked from the ISS for the final time, ahead of carrying out the unique and stunning flyaround. And while the moment resulted in…