A couple of years go we ran a story about a home video of the Challenger shuttle explosion that had surfaced after a whopping 24 years in the can. Now we have more rediscovered amateur footage, and this time it's from a much closer perspective.
Just because the Space Shuttle program ended last summer doesn't mean the Shuttle dream is dead. One day, the U.S. is going to return to space in manned spacecraft and when that day comes, let's just hope there won't be as many physical switches and buttons as there were on the old Shuttles.
NASA 911, one of two Boeing 747 jetliners modified to carry the old space shuttle fleet across country, made its last flight on Wednesday, Feb. 8. It flew from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB to Drydens's Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California.
It was 40 years ago today that President Richard Nixon, pictured sitting opposite then NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher on January 5, 1972, announced that the country "should proceed at once with the development of an entirely new type of space transportation system designed to help transform the space frontier of the 1970s into familiar territory." After carrying over 750 passengers into space over 135 missions, the Space Transportation System may be no more, but in a sense we're in the same situation folks were back in '72: waiting for the Deep Space Transportation System.
Studying ancient Grecian pottery isn't just about learning about the past anymore — although that in itself is pretty cool. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded grants to three research groups to explore the chemistry of the ancient vases to find out why they've been able to survive for so long.
The shuttle program is over, and the orbiters are being prepped for public display. Atlantis, the last shuttle to fly, will be on static display at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but most of its interior will be removed to make it lighter.
That mysterious robotic spaceship that the U.S. Air Force sent into orbit for seven straight months last year may get a bit of an upgrade. Boeing is toying with the idea of expanding the X-37B into the X-37C, which could carry up to six astronauts into space and back. We could be looking at the next generation of space shuttle.
All three space shuttles, Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavour, are currently at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida undergoing processing to prepare them for public display. Since there are only two active processing facilities, NASA had to do a shuttle swap, resulting in a unique photo opportunity between Endeavour and Discovery.
It's been less than two weeks since the Space Shuttle program officially ended, but today we got a sad reminder of one of the Shuttle's darkest days.
With the Space Shuttles officially retired and the "Soyuz era" underway, the end of an incredible space program and iconic symbol didn't hit us until well into the weekend. As a tribute to the space vehicle, Lego's rereleasing its 1,000-plus Space Shuttle set.