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Tributes for Discovery’s commander following the passing of Alan Poindexter


The commander of Discovery’s STS-131 mission, Alan Poindexter, passed away on Sunday, following a tragic accident. Tributes have been made to the US Navy captain, who also piloted…

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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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Space Shuttle Discovery: Thank you and goodbye


The end of a legend. For 29 years, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery has lived and breathed her life at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. She has been…

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Discovery heads into her mating operations with SCA ahead of final flight


The NASA and United Space Alliance (USA) team at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have begun the final preparations to transport Discovery to her retirement home outside of Washington,…

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft arrives at KSC ahead of Discovery’s final journey


Kicking off what will be a highly emotional period for the space program, NASA 905 – the remaining Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) – arrived at the Kennedy Space…

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Vehicle of Record – SLS spares majority of Discovery’s storied MPS


As engineers finalize the removal of Main Propulsion System (MPS) hardware from the retired Space Shuttle fleet – comprising of large elements of the orbiter’s “guts” that are…

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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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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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Discovery receives her replica main engines ahead of final journey


The flagship of the shuttle orbiter fleet has received her three replica main engines, as Discovery prepares for next year’s ferry trip to her final resting place. The…

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Endeavour and Discovery swap places – New retirement dates planned


In a rare occurrence, Space Shuttle orbiters Discovery and Endeavour were purposefully visible together this morning at the Kennedy Space Center as a Shuttle shuffle took place to…

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Discovery’s VAB stay part of a commercial transition for the OPFs


With Discovery now enjoying a month-long vacation inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), following her rollover on Wednesday, the long-term future for the Orbiter Processing Facilities (OPFs) will…

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NASA Updates OV-103/Discovery End State Requirements


One month after the completion of her STS-133 mission, Discovery is nearing completion of Down Mission Processing (DMP) activities inside OPF-2 at the Kennedy Space Center. With DMP…

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Discovery’s elaborate deservicing plan put into work amid managerial praise


Although Discovery has finished her space flight career in style, she still has many months of processing ahead of her – as deserving work follows a pre-planned schedule…

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LIVE: Discovery’s final swansong – Perfect re-entry and landing


Discovery has completed her final – and flawless – mission in space with a return to her home port of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Two…

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MAJESTIC Discovery celebrates one final day in orbit


To say that the final voyage of Discovery has been anything but unbelievably remarkable and awe-inspiring would be to lessen the spirit of STS-133. Now, as she spends…

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STS-133: Discovery undocks for the final time, Late Inspections complete


In an emotional farewell, Discovery has undocked and departed from the International Space Station (ISS) for the final time in her career. The undocking occurred at 6:00am Central…

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STS-133: Workhorse Discovery exemplifying routine orbiter excellence


With Discovery enjoying her final docked mission – with glowing praise from her crew during nearly every media event – the workhorse of the fleet is providing no…

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STS-133: Pristine Discovery enjoying her docked mission swansong


The Damage Assessment Team (DAT) confirmed Discovery’s clean ascent into space by clearing the orbiter from a Focused Inspection, as STS-133’s mission continues to proceed flawlessly. With a…

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Discovery Completes Visually Spectacular Docking to Space Station


A healthy orbiter Discovery and her crew have completed a stunning R-bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) and docking to the International Space Station. Additionally, Discovery’s extremely clean ride to…

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STS-133: Healthy Discovery completes FD2 inspections on RCC panels


Now safely on orbit, Discovery has completed inspections on her Reinforced Carbon Carbon (RCC) panels – the main task of STS-133’s Flight Day 2 (FD 2). Only two…