The space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station Friday, leaving behind a new habitation module and observation deck that virtually complete the U.S. segment of the lab complex after more than 11 years of construction.
With pilot Terry Virts at the controls, Endeavour pulled directly away from the station's forward docking port at 7:54 p.m. EST after nine days of joint activity.
"Zambo, it's been good having you, sorry to see you guys leave," station flight engineer Timothy Creamer radioed to shuttle commander George Zamka. "We'll watch and wave.&… Read more
HOUSTON--The Endeavour astronauts cranked open aluminum shutters protecting the windows in the space station's new observation deck early Wednesday, giving the crew inside an "absolutely incredible" view of the Earth 220 miles below.
During the shuttle mission's third and final spacewalk, Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick removed insulation blankets from the cupola's seven windows late Tuesday and unbolted launch locks holding the aluminum shutters in place.
Astronauts Terry Virts and Kay Hire, standing by inside the cupola, then were cleared to crank open the shutters one at a time to test the deployment mechanisms, starting … Read more
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas--The shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station late Tuesday in a picture-perfect rendezvous that included spectacular views of the shuttle against the blue-and-white backdrop of Earth.
With shuttle commander George Zamka flying Endeavour from the aft flight deck, the docking systems engaged on time at 11:06 p.m. CST as the two spacecraft sailed 215 miles above the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal at five miles per second.
"Station and Houston, capture confirmed," shuttle pilot Terry Virts called out.
Going into this mission, the space station's mass was 764,350 pounds. … Read more
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--The shuttle Endeavour, carrying six astronauts, a 15-ton life support module, and a bay window observation deck for the International Space Station, thundered into orbit early Monday, putting on a spectacular predawn show in the program's final planned night launch.
With commander George Zamka and pilot Terry Virts at the controls, Endeavour's three main engines ignited with a rush of fiery exhaust and quickly throttled up to full power. Seconds later, at 4:14:07 a.m. EST, the shuttle's twin solid-fuel boosters fired, explosive bolts detonated, and the space plane vaulted away … Read more
There's more than just football going on this Sunday. The shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch very early on Sunday morning, on what will be the first of a final five planned shuttle missions before the shuttle program is retired.
The primary goal of the flight is to attach the new Tranquility module to the left side of the lab complex to house life support gear, exercise equipment, and a robotics workstation. Astronauts plan to conduct three spacewalks before returning to Earth.
On the seventh anniversary of the Columbia disaster, President Obama unveiled a sweeping change of course for the nation's space program Monday, putting an end to NASA's post-Columbia moon program and shifting development and operation of new rockets and capsules from the government to private industry.
Requesting some $19 billion for NASA in fiscal 2011, the administration announced plans to pump an additional $6 billion into NASA's budget over the next five years to kick-start development of a new commercial manned spaceflight capability, including some $500 million in 2011.
Over that same five years, some $7.8 … Read more
NASA managers Wednesday cleared the shuttle Endeavour for a predawn launch February 7, the first of a final five space station assembly flights before the shuttle fleet is retired later this year.
The countdown is scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. EST on February 4, setting up a launch attempt at 4:39 a.m. February 7 from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. It is the last planned night launch on the shuttle schedule.
"We reviewed all aspects of the shuttle and the space station," Bill Gerstenmaier, chief of space flight operations, said after … Read more
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--The shuttle Endeavour was hauled to a launch pad Wednesday for work to ready the ship for a planned February 7 launch on a space station assembly mission, the first of a final five flights planned for 2010.
Endeavour, mounted atop a mobile launch platform carried by an Apollo-era crawler-transporter, began the 3.4-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch complex 39A at 4:13 a.m. EST. The MLP was "hard down" at the pad at 10:37 a.m.
A program-level flight readiness review is planned for January 19 and … Read more