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Shuttle Endeavour prepped for valedictory tour, museum duty

The shuttle Endeavour, bolted to the back of a NASA jumbo jet, will take a leisurely final flight to California, giving the public one last chance to see the winged spaceplane in flight.

By September 18, 2012


Giffords' husband resumes training for shuttle flight

A month after wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is shot in head, astronaut Mark Kelly announces plans to resume training to command the shuttle Endeavour during its final flight in April.

By February 4, 2011


NASA names backup shuttle commander for Kelly flight

A stand-in commander has been named to take Mark Kelly's place during training for an April shuttle mission, allowing Kelly to remain at wife Gabrielle Giffords' side as she recovers from a gunshot wound.

By January 13, 2011


Injured shuttle astronaut replaced six weeks before launch

With launch just six weeks away, NASA has replaced one of the shuttle Discovery's crew members because of a weekend bicycle accident, naming a veteran spacewalker to keep the flight on track for launch Feb. 24.

By January 19, 2011


NASA crowd-sourcing its astronaut soundtrack

The astronauts' "wake-up songs" for the final two space shuttle missions have been put to a poll. 4chan may want to be aware that they can't write in Rick Astley.

By August 23, 2010


$2 billion ISS experiment delivered for shuttle launch

A $2 billion particle detector bound for the International Space Station aboard the final planned shuttle mission is delivered to the Kennedy Space Center after work to replace a magnet at the heart of the device.

By August 26, 2010


NASA resets dates for final two shuttle launches

Work to ready critical spares and conflicts with other missions to and from the International Space Station force NASA to delay the final two planned shuttle launches.

By July 1, 2010


Shuttle Endeavour readying for February launch

Shuttle moved to launch pad 39A Wednesday for a planned February 7 liftoff on a space station assembly mission, the first of a final five flights planned for 2010.

By January 6, 2010


NASA names veteran crew for final shuttle mission

Chief astronaut Steven Lindsey, veteran of four shuttle missions, will command a six-member crew for the final planned shuttle flight next September, NASA has announced.

By September 18, 2009