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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…

NASA plans to send satellite to asteroid in 2016

WASHINGTON — The US space agency on Wednesday announced plans to send the first unmanned spacecraft to an asteroid to collect samples and return them to Earth for further study. The spacecraft, known as Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will launch in 2016 and will then travel four years…

Watch live: NASA Endeavour space shuttle launch

The space shuttle Endeavour is set to launch this morning, after multiple setbacks. The shuttle launches from Kennedy Space Center to a mission to the International Space Station. Watch the launch live. Embed courtesy of spaceflightnow. spaceflightnow on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free…

NASA postpones Endeavour launch again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA on Sunday delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until the end of the week at the earliest, after technical problems uncovered last week proved more complex than originally thought. In a new delay for the US space program’s penultimate shuttle launch after…

NASA makes final preparations for space shuttle Endeavour’s last flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour is poised to launch Friday carrying a multibillion dollar tool for searching the universe on the penultimate flight for NASA’s 30-year program. As many as 750,000 onlookers, including President Barack Obama, are expected to converge on the area around Cape…

Cosmic burst in distant galaxy puzzles NASA

WASHINGTON – NASA is studying a surprising cosmic burst at the center of distant galaxy that has burned for more than a week, longer than astronomers have ever seen before, the US space agency said Thursday. Calling it “one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed,” NASA said it…

MESSENGER offers close-up of mysterious Mercury

WASHINGTON — NASA celebrated hundreds of stunning photographs from the Mercury MESSENGER probe as it began a year-long mission to orbit and map the solar system’s mysterious innermost planet. After more than six and a half years and a 4.9-billion-mile (7.9-billion-kilometer) journey, the spacecraft — which stands for MErcury Surface,…

Astronaut hopes Giffords will be at shuttle launch

HOUSTON (Reuters) – NASA astronaut Mark Kelly said Thursday there was “a pretty good chance” his wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured in a shooting in January, will attend his space shuttle launch in Florida next month. Giffords was shot through the head as she met with constituents outside…

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…

Giffords expected at husband’s shuttle launch

LOS ANGELES — Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is expected to attend next month’s space shuttle launch commanded by her astronaut husband, a spokesman said. Doctors in Texas were due to provide an update Friday on the condition of the 40-year-old lawmaker, two months after she was shot in the head at…

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