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NASA's Orion to launch new era in space flight

Cape Canaveral - Three years after the retirement of the space shuttle, the United States is preparing to re-enter the universe of manned space flight in December with the launch of NASA's new Orion space vehicle.

Op-Ed: Secret U.S. space drone orbits Earth thousands of times

Denver - Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? Truth is, it's probably not just a "feeling." It might even be cold mechanical eyes watching you from a robotic spaceship that can count human hair follicles.

Japan launches 'affordable' Epsilon space rocket

Yesterday, Japan launched the first in a new type of space rockets particularly designed to make future space missions more affordable.

Needs volunteers: Would you like going to Mars and never return?

“Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. We invite you to participate by sharing our vision with your friends, and, perhaps, by becoming the next Mars astronaut yourself,” the Dutch company says in its website.

Endeavour goes on display Tuesday at California Science Center

Los Angeles - Space Shuttle Endeavour is set to go on display on Tuesday at the California Science Center. After over a year of planning relocation and moving of NASA's space shuttles, Endeavour was the last shuttle to be relocated to a permanent museum.

Space Shuttle Endeavour heads to California: How to watch live

Today Space Shuttle Endeavour began her journey from Cape Canaveral in Florida across the U.S. to Los Angeles, California. The trip will span three days and the shuttle will be moved by both air and road travel.

NASA readies space shuttle Endeavour's trip to California museum

Cape Canaveral - Space Shuttle Endeavour is getting readied to make her last flight. The space shuttle's final destination is to the California Science Center where she will be placed on public display.

First American woman in space dies of pancreatic cancer

Sally Ride, who became the first American woman astronaut to go into space, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.

Shuttle Enterprise floats up Hudson River, arrives at Intrepid

Yesterday thousands of people in New York City came out to watch as shuttle Enterprise was brought to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Shuttle Enterprise takes flight today to N.Y.C.

New York - Shuttle Enterprise is set to take flight today from the Washington D.C. metro area to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

NASA officials delay shuttle Enterprise flight to New York City

On Mon. shuttle Enterprise was scheduled to fly from Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. to New York City's John F. Kennedy airport. This flight has been delayed due to possible rain.

Space Shuttle Discovery surprises region with multiple fly-overs Special

Chantilly - Space Shuttle Discovery arrived this morning to a safe landing at Dulles International Airport. All morning spectators in the Washington D.C. area were awaiting Discovery's arrival from Florida.

Space Shuttle Discovery gets ready for trip to Washington-Dulles

Chantilly - Fairfax County is getting ready to welcome Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, located at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Va.

Smithsonian announces plans to celebrate the arrival of Discovery

Chantilly - After a period of speculation, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has announced the details for the festivities surrounding the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery in Northern Virginia.

New video footage of Challenger Space Shuttle disaster unearthed

Cape Canaveral - Previously unseen footage of the Challenger disaster has surfaced over a quarter of a century after the tragic explosion that claimed the lives of seven crew members including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

Astronaut Jerry Ross retires after three decades with NASA

Houston - NASA astronaut Jerry Ross, the first person to fly into space seven times, has retired from a career spanning over 30 years.

Gabrielle Giffords to write memoir, Mark Kelly retires from NASA

Houston - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Astronaut and Shuttle Commander Captain Mark Kelly, have made two major announcements this week, including a memoir the pair are working on and Kelly's retirement from NASA and the United States Navy.

Endeavour: Canada's Space Shuttle Special

If any space shuttle needs a Canadian flag on it’s wing, it’s the orbiter Endeavour. Since it’s first launch in 1992, NASA’s fifth shuttle ferried the most Canadian astronauts to space.

Endeavour launches next-to-last U.S. shuttle mission

After electrical problems halted the space shuttle Endeavour's launch countdown last month, the mission STS-134 is rocketing forward again after a smooth countdown and on-time liftoff at 8:56 a.m. EDT.

Endeavour launches on final mission

Cape Canaveral - Riding a trail of fire and 19 years of spaceflight history, space shuttle Endeavour launched for the final time this morning, beginning a 16-day mission to the International Space Station and the second last flight of the shuttle program.

Op-Ed: America quits race for space

It's official. America has left the space race. Once Endeavour is cleared for launch and its mission completed NASA's shuttle program will be over.

Shuttle Endeavour's final flight delayed again

Cape Canaveral - The final flight of shuttle Endeavour has been delayed again as NASA continues to work a technical issue that originally grounded the flight on Friday.

NASA delays launch of space shuttle Endeavour for two days

Cape Canaveral - A two-week mission by the space shuttle Endeavour, due to leave Friday night to deliver equipment to the International Space Station (ISS), has been delayed for two days because of technical problems.

NASA finds cocaine at Kennedy Space Center

Cape Canaveral - NASA has reported the discovery of a small bag of cocaine at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. An official investigation has been launched by the Inspector General's office to determine who brought the drugs onto the government owned facility.

Discovery blasts off one last time

Cape Canaveral - Space shuttle Discovery was successfully launched for the last time from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:53 p.m. EST on Feb. 24.

Rep. Giffords' husband Mark Kelly to rejoin Endeavour space crew

Astronaut Mark Kelly, whose wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is currently undergoing rehab after being shot in the head, is going back to space in April following the announcement by Endeavour's space shuttle commander Friday.

First commercial company can re-enter spacecraft from orbit

Hawthorne - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made SpaceX the first-ever commercial company to be licenced to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit.

NASA's human-like Robonaut to join Space Station crew

Houston - NASA has announced a delay for Discovery's liftoff to the International Space Station but it's not just the team of six astronauts who are experiencing the three week wait. They will be joined by a Robonaut who will stay packed in a box until launch day.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Returns To Earth Safely

The space shuttle Endeavour has returned safely to earth following a 16-day mission to the international space station. The Endeavour had aboard Koichi Wakata, Japan’s first long duration astronaut, who spent 138 days in space.

NASA preparing shuttle for launch Wednesday

After a brief delay, NASA is ready to launch Space Shuttle Endeavour Wednesday. The launch had been postponed because of a gas leak.
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Astronauts Ken Cockrell and Bob Zimmermann stop to talk with visitors
Astronauts Ken Cockrell and Bob Zimmermann stop to talk with visitors
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Screen capture of Endeavour s arrival at Ellington Field in Houston  Tex. on Sept. 19  2012
Screen capture of Endeavour's arrival at Ellington Field in Houston, Tex. on Sept. 19, 2012
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Crew members of Discovery arrive for the ceremony where NASA transferred custody of Discovery to the...
Crew members of Discovery arrive for the ceremony where NASA transferred custody of Discovery to the Smithsonian
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Final Day of Docked Operations
This view of space shuttle Atlantis and its Raffaello multi-purpose l...
Final Day of Docked Operations This view of space shuttle Atlantis and its Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module was taken by a crew member aboard the space station on the final day of joint activities between the crew members for the STS-135 and Expedition 28 missions.
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The space shuttle Endeavour  atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft  or SCA  lands at Los Angeles Interna...
The space shuttle Endeavour, atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, lands at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Los Angeles where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. Today's flight marks the final scheduled ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program.
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High School students await the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery
High School students await the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery
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Space shuttle Atlantis  bright-white  iconic frame illuminates the darkness as it touches down on th...
Space shuttle Atlantis' bright-white, iconic frame illuminates the darkness as it touches down on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final time. Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are S
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Excited crowd at Welcome Discovery! on Apr. 19  2012
Excited crowd at Welcome Discovery! on Apr. 19, 2012
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Space Shuttle Discovery now calls Smithsonian s Air and Space Museum at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ...
Space Shuttle Discovery now calls Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center home
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Space Shuttle Endeavour
Space Shuttle Endeavour
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STS-108 Commander Dominic L. Gorie and Pilot Mark Kelly  in their stations during rendezvous operati...
STS-108 Commander Dominic L. Gorie and Pilot Mark Kelly, in their stations during rendezvous operations with the International Space Station
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STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson  signs an insignia decal for his mission in the Quest airlock of th...
STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, signs an insignia decal for his mission in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. The shuttle insignia is mounted next to that of the Expedition 28.
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Enterprise and Discovery come together
Enterprise and Discovery come together
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STS-134 Crew Arrives at Kennedy. From left are Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff  Andrew Feustel  C...
STS-134 Crew Arrives at Kennedy. From left are Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel, Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, Mission Specialist Mike Fincke and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.
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Endeavour s Final Roll: Space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly...
Endeavour's Final Roll: Space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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NASA s space shuttle Endeavour prepares for a glitch-free May 16  2011 lift-off on the next to last ...
NASA's space shuttle Endeavour prepares for a glitch-free May 16, 2011 lift-off on the next to last U.S. shuttle program mission.
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Space Shuttle Discovery located at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Cente...
Space Shuttle Discovery located at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
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