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NASA picks Florida agency to take over shuttle landing strip

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA has selected Space Florida, a state-backed economic development agency, to take over operations, maintenance and development of the space shuttle’s idled landing site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials said on Friday. Terms of the agreement, which have not…

Watch live: NASA marks 10th anniversary of Columbia disaster

Watch live coverage of NASA’s Day of Remembrance ceremony at Kennedy Space Center, marking the 10th anniversary of the loss of the shuttle Columbia and its crew. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Feb. 1. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Space Shuttle Discovery takes its final flight

The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final flight Tuesday morning aboard a modified Boeing 747 to Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C., traveling to its future home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The flight began at 7 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and…

Boeing brings space taxi jobs to Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Boeing Co will bring hundreds of jobs to Florida by basing a program to develop passenger spaceships at the Kennedy Space Center, first for NASAand later for commercial use, officials said on Monday. Boeing’s plans will ease some of the pain over thousands of job losses in the so-called Space…

Neil Armstrong says U.S. space program ‘embarrassing’

WASHINGTON — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, told lawmakers Thursday that the end of the space shuttle era has left the American human spaceflight program in an “embarrassing” state. “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and the International…

Cocaine is found at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

A packet of white powder that was found at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where the space shuttle launches, has tested positive for cocaine, according to NASA’s Inspector General’s office. The packet contained “4.2 grams of a white powdery substance” and was “found in a NASA facility at KSC on March…

Shuttle Discovery ‘ready to fly’ on last space mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – NASA said Tuesday the space shuttle Discovery is “ready to fly” on its final mission to the International Space Station and weather looks good for launch on February 24. “Over the last few months the team has been very busy effecting repairs to the external tank…

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