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News Archive / Tagged: Space Shuttle Discovery

  • Astronaut Steve Swanson leaving NASA

    Jason RhianAugust 14th, 2015

    NASA is poised to lose another member of its Astronaut Corps. Three-time shuttle veteran Steven Swanson joins them, becoming one among many who have opted to leave the agency in the post-shuttle era. His departure marks the fourth experienced astronaut to leave NASA in a month's time.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The Return

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2015

    It was a turning point in NASA's history. After the dark days following the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107), the world saw the space agency take its first steps toward returning to the business of human space flight. The STS-114 mission would go down as one of the more dramatic flights in shuttle history.

  • Women in Space: Nicole Stott – More than 100 Days on orbit

    J.D. TaylorApril 29th, 2015

    We interviewed Dr. Nicole Marie Passonno Stott, an American engineer and a NASA astronaut with more than 100 days of space experience. Dr. Stott joined NASA in 1988, as an Operations Engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. In July of 2000, she was selected as a mission […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The first flight of Discovery – STS-41D

    Heather SmithAugust 30th, 2014

    On August 30, 1984, space shuttle Discovery launched at 8:42 a.m. EDT (1242 p.m.GMT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-41D crew was led by Commander Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr. and Pilot Michael L. Coats. The crew also included Judith A. Resnik, Steven A. Hawley, and Richard M. Mullane as Mission Specialists and Charles D. […]

  • Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies from complications following surgery

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 17th, 2014

    Spaceflight Insider has received a report from former shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane, USAF Colonel (ret.) that fellow former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield has passed away from complications following a recent back surgery. Hartsfield served as Mullane’s mission Commander on STS-41D. Hartsfield was known as a quiet, highly-skilled pilot who helped prepare fellow astronauts for their […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Shuttle launch for Independence Day

    Heather SmithJuly 4th, 2014

    On Independence Day, July 4, 2006, space Shuttle Discovery lifted off at 2:37 p.m. EDT with six astronauts aboard and two tons of cargo to be delivered to the International Space Station, including the fourth trip for the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo.

  • Introducing the 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees: Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 4th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Rainy weather could not dampen spirits at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center during the 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductions. Yesterday, a crowd gathered underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis to honor two distinguished American Astronauts – Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross. If you have had the opportunity to visit the Space Shuttle […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Our Eyes are Opened

    Heather SmithApril 25th, 2014

    On this day in 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed by the crew of STS-31.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: STS-131’s Dragon welcomes the Sun

    Jason RhianApril 5th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — There would only be four more. In some ways, there would be no more. On April 4, 2010 space shuttle Discovery strode to orbit on legs of fire. In so doing, Discovery delivered not only the crew of seven aboard her – but components vital to the the completion of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Discovery’s triumphant, final return

    Andy SokolMarch 9th, 2014

    KENNEDY Space Center, Fla — Three years ago today, NASA’s space shuttle Discovery completed its final mission, STS-133 at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. It marked the 39th, and final, time that the history-making spacecraft would take to the black. The crew of six consisted of space flight veterans: Commander Steve Lindsey, […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Discovery’s last

    Andy SokolFebruary 24th, 2014

    Three years ago this day, space shuttle Discovery roared aloft a pillar of fame – and into the history books. On Feb. 24, 2011, the orbiter was launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station with a crew of six. When the shuttle landed at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility […]