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News Archive / Tagged: Space Shuttle Atlantis

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: CGRO – the “middle child”

    Jason RhianApril 7th, 2014

    On this date in 1991, NASA launched the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the “middle-child” of the space agency’s “Great Observatories” – its mission would only last nine months. NASA tapped a space flight veteran, shuttle Atlantis to deliver the spacecraft to its orbital destination. After the spacecraft’s three gyroscopes failed it was de-orbited in 2000.

  • Opinion: What happened to Charlie Bolden?

    Collin SkocikMarch 30th, 2014

    Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. is one of NASA’s most accomplished astronauts. A former Marine Naval Aviator and test pilot, Bolden was selected as an astronaut in 1980. He served as astronaut safety officer and was the first astronaut to ride the slide wire escape system from the launch pad. Since he became NASA […]

  • Soyuz TMA-12M flight extended from 6 hours – to 2 days

    Jason RhianMarch 26th, 2014

    What started out with a flawless night launch atop a Soyuz FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan on March 25 – has become a waiting game for the three crew members who rode fire atop the rocket in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft. What has been described as a “hiccup” in the rocket’s performance […]

  • Expedition 39 crew launches to ISS atop Soyuz-FG

    David DarlingMarch 25th, 2014

    The remaining Expedition 39 crew members, bound for the International Space Station (ISS), launched successfully today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz FG rocket. The crew was comprised of Alexander Skvortsov, Oleg Artemyev, along with NASA astronaut Steve R. Swanson. Liftoff of the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft took place at the very opening of the launch […]

  • Expedition 39 crew prepares to depart atop Russian Soyuz

    David DarlingMarch 24th, 2014

    The second half of the Expedition 39 crew bound for the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to launch tomorrow, March 25, 2014 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan. Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, together with NASA astronaut Steve R. Swanson, will travel up to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-12M. This will mark the 121st […]

  • Space shuttle Atlantis serenaded by Brevard Symphony Orchestra during 60th anniversary celebration

    Jason RhianMarch 23rd, 2014

    While on orbit, space shuttle crews would be awoken by music, sometimes selected by themselves, sometimes selected by family members. For thirty years, crews rode the shuttles, Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery and Endeavour on pillars of flame into the heavens. Now? The historic spacecraft sit in museums or amusement parks – but they are not […]

  • 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

    Jason RhianFebruary 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Two space shuttle veterans have been tapped to enter into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHoF). The announcement was made on Feb. 7 at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The duo selected to enter the AHoF included the first astronaut to […]

  • Shuttle veteran / NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Education leaving

    Jason RhianFebruary 6th, 2014

    Two-time space shuttle veteran and NASA’s current Deputy Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin is leaving the space agency after having served the agency for more than 24 years. Melvin, who flew on space shuttles Atlantis on two missions to the International Space Station (ISS)will retire. Melvin’s background set him apart from the rest of […]

  • ISS cosmonauts’ EVA sees Olympic Torch taken into black of space

    Jason RhianNovember 9th, 2013

    Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy stepped outside the Pirs docking module on the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. The pair conducted a five hour, 50-minute spacewalk which served to bring the Olympic Flame to a place that the early Greeks never could have conceived when the first Olympic […]