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Atlantis bids final farewell to space station

The crew of Atlantis on Tuesday bade a bittersweet farewell to the International Space Station, wrapping up the final visit by a space shuttle to the orbiting outpost. With a spectacular orbital sunrise illuminating a shuttle in the sunset of its career, Atlantis inched away from the ISS at 0628…

U.S. astronauts set for last spacewalk of shuttle era

Two US astronauts were to step out on the last spacewalk of the shuttle era Tuesday at the International Space Station where Atlantis is docked on the final mission of the 30-year US program. Americans Ron Garan and Mike Fossum were chosen for the six and a half hour spacewalk,…

Debris threatens space station as Atlantis docks: NASA

NASA is tracking a piece of Soviet space debris that could collide with the International Space Station, the US space agency said after the shuttle Atlantis docked on its final mission. The space junk is part of Cosmos 375, a satellite launched in 1970 by the former Soviet Union and…

Atlantis heads to space station on final flight

Atlantis headed to the International Space Station Saturday after rocketing off its launch pad for a final time, marking the last liftoff of the US space shuttle program. The space shuttle, which lifted off shortly before noon Friday local time, is carrying a crew of four US astronauts on a…

Atlantis blasts off on end-of-era spaceflight

Atlantis blazed a path into history Friday as it rocketed off the launch pad for a final time, marking the last-ever liftoff of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program. The storied spacecraft is carrying a crew of four US astronauts toward the International Space Station on a 12-day mission to…

WATCH LIVE: NASA to launch final shuttle at 11:30 ET

Watch live as NASA and the astronauts prepare and then launch the shuttle Atlantis, which will be the final shuttle flight of the U.S. space program, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Obama: NASA needs to revamp its mission

WASHINGTON — NASA needs new technology breakthroughs to revitalize its mission to explore the universe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday as the shuttle Atlantis was preparing for its final mission. Asked during his first-ever Twitter town hall meeting about where America stands in terms of space exploration with the shuttle…

NASA rolls out shuttle Atlantis for final time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The US space agency sent its last shuttle, Atlantis, out to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center so it can prepare for the final launch of the American shuttle program in July. The shuttle began its trek at 8:00 pm (0000 GMT) on Tuesday. The…

Astronauts board Endeavour for next-to-last shuttle flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – Astronauts boarded the space shuttle Endeavour on Monday as it prepared to blast off toward International Space Station on the penultimate flight for the US shuttle program. The 8:56 am (1256 GMT) launch is expected to draw as many as 500,000 onlookers to the area…

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