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Returning the Shuttle to flight: STS-114’s evolution from Columbia


STS-114 was the Shuttle mission that returned NASA to active flight status following the tragic loss of Columbia. But STS-114, more than any other flight of its time,…

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STS-107: Remembering the accomplishments of the Columbia crew


It was a Space Shuttle mission like none other in the 21st century. It was a mission that went nowhere near the International Space Station or the Hubble…

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Columbia’s legacy reminds NASA to avoid being distracted from future mission


On February 1, 2003, NASA suffered a blow which is still felt today, both from a workforce and directional standpoint. The disaster – which not only claimed the…

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Columbia (OV-102): A Pioneer to the End


Continuing on her streak of missions dedicated to microgravity research, Columbia’s tenure with the Space Shuttle Program throughout the 1990s would be dominated by national and international microgravity…

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Space Shuttle Columbia: A New Beginning and Vision


April 12, 1981: the 20th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight in history. On that morning, a new generation of spaceship stood poised for launch from complex 39A…

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STS-51L and STS-107 – Challenger and Columbia: A Legacy Honored


The Space Shuttle Program – in its near 29-years of service to the U.S. and world communities – has seen numerous successes: the Hubble Space Telescope repair missions,…

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Columbia – her legacy honored via safety management


Six years after the tragic loss of Columbia and her crew, the efforts to improve the safety of the space shuttle continue to honor their memory. With the…

Endeavour dissent from engineer a sign of post Columbia changes


Unthinkable before the loss of Columbia, a contractor engineer at Lockheed Martin was able to voice his concerns over the state of Endeavour’s damaged TPS (Thermal Protection System)…

The Day Columbia Fell


While those listening in on the problems that started to be communicated on the Flight Loop at Mission Control, Johnson Space Center (JSC), were left with a sense…

Hail Columbia


Three years ago today saw the loss of the Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia and her crew during re-entry at the end of mission STS-107. While the names of…

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Atlas V successfully launches with NROL-52


United Launch Alliance’s clandestine Atlas V launch in support of the US National Reconnaissance Office finally departed SLC-41 on Sunday, after previously failing to dodge bad weather and…

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Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission


SpaceX launched its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying the EchoStar-105/SES-11 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for SES and EchoStar. Liftoff, from Launch Complex 39A at…

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Parker Solar Probe in integrated testing, launch on track for July 2018


Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have attached the Parker Solar Probe’s solar shadow-shield for final, integrated vehicle testing ahead of launch.  The probe, which…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 success with second flight involving BulgariaSat-1 mission


SpaceX launched Bulgaria’s first communications satellite on Friday – the first of two Falcon 9 launches in the space of two days – via the company’s second flight-proven…

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Falcon 9 launches with CRS-11 Dragon on 100th 39A launch


SpaceX launched its first re-used Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 on Saturday, beginning the CRS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The first attempt was scrubbed…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches first NRO mission with NROL-76


SpaceX conducted its first dedicated launch for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on Monday, with a Falcon 9 carrying out the NROL-76 mission. Liftoff from the Kennedy…

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Atlas V conducts OA-7 Cygnus launch to the ISS


United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK launched the OA-7 Cygnus mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. Flying atop an Atlas V rocket, Cygnus departed the…

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SpaceX conducts historic Falcon 9 re-flight with SES-10 – Lands booster again


SpaceX took a step into the future Thursday as it reused – for the first time – a recovered first stage of a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket. Thursday’s…

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SpaceX launches expendable Falcon 9 with EchoStar 23


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has conducted its third flight of the year on Thursday, following a scrub due to high winds on Tuesday. The launch carried a commercial…

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SpaceX debuts Falcon 9 launch from 39A with CRS-10 Dragon mission


SpaceX has conducted its first launch from the Kennedy Space Center since the end of the Space Shuttle program, with a Falcon 9 flying from the historic Launch…