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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…

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…

TSA says NY-LA flight stowaway cleared security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man charged with stowing away on a flight from New York to Los Angeles last Friday cleared airport security screening, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed on Thursday. “Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at…

F-16s escorted flight to Dulles after on-board fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fighter jets escorted a United Airlines plane back to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., after a fight broke out between a pair of passengers on the flight bound for Ghana, officials said on Tuesday. Police met the two passengers at the gate when Flight 990 landed…

Shuttle Endeavour launches, heads to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on Monday to deliver a potentially revolutionary physics experiment to the International Space Station on the next-to-last flight in NASA’s shuttle program. Spacecraft Endeavour’s 25th and final voyage was expected to reach the orbital outpost on Wednesday. NASA plans…

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…

Swiss solar powered airplane launches first international flight

PAYERNE, Switzerland (AFP) – Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, which holds a 26-hour record for flight duration, took off from Switzerland on Friday on its first international flight to Belgium. The experimental emissions-free aircraft is expected to take about 12 hours to complete the journey to Brussels Airport, the…

Passenger tries to open door mid-air on Continental flight

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Passengers and crew on board a Chicago-bound flight on Sunday had to subdue a man who tried to open an emergency exit door mid-air, forcing the plane to make an unscheduled landing in St. Louis, authorities said. No injuries were reported, and the unidentified 43-year-old man from…

Pilot refuses to fly two Muslim men to tolerance conference

Two Muslim men were removed from a flight bound for North Carolina before the plane took off Friday, reportedly because they were clad in traditional Muslim garb, making the pilot and other passengers uncomfortable. The two men, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul, are both imams and were headed to a…

Endeavour shuttle to launch no earlier than May 8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – NASA on Sunday delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until May 8 at the earliest, after technical problems uncovered last week proved more complex than originally thought. Electrical failures in the power supply to a fuel-line heating unit caused engineers to scrub…

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