August 11, 2007 |
NASA officials said Friday that the space shuttle Endeavour sustained damage to its protective tiles during this week's launch, but they won't know until Sunday at the earliest whether the damage will require an in-space repair job. Mission Management Team Chairman John Shannon said several heat-resistant tiles on the orbiter's underside were nicked. The most serious divot was a 3-inch-square gap near the landing gear door that might reach down to Endeavour's thin aluminum skin, he said.
August 16, 2007 |
NASA was leaning against repairing damage to Endeavour's heat shield after lab tests and engineering analyses indicated the shuttle could safely fly home next week, officials said Wednesday. Shuttle deputy program manager John Shannon said mission managers would wait for one last heat test before making a final decision today. "We're pondering.
December 1, 1998 |
NASA began the countdown Monday for a shuttle launch that will put the first American piece of the international space station into orbit. Endeavour is scheduled to blast off Thursday on the long-delayed mission. During the flight, two spacewalking astronauts will fasten together the U.S. piece and a component that was launched by the Russians nearly two weeks ago. It is expected to take a total of 45 U.S. and Russian launches over the next five years to haul up pieces of the space station.
January 24, 1998 |
The gap between Mir and Endeavour narrowed orbit by orbit Friday as the shuttle chased the space station some 240 miles above Earth for one last astronaut swap. The shuttle is scheduled to rendezvous with Mir this afternoon to deliver the last American to stay aboard the space station. Astronaut Andrew Thomas couldn't wait to get to Mir, and Mir's David Wolf couldn't wait to see him. Wolf has been living on the Russian space station since late September; Thomas will stay until early June.
January 21, 1998 |
Bad weather threatens to delay Thursday's scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on a mission to Russia's Mir space station, Air Force meteorologists said. The shuttle and its crew of seven have only a 40% chance of making the 9:28 p.m. EST launch time, said an official at Kennedy Space Center.
February 13, 2000 |
Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour powered up their massive radar arrays on the first of nine days after launching from the Kennedy Space Center. They will collect images for a three-dimensional map of the Earth's surface. NASA has said the map will be 30 times better than existing maps, but most of it will remain classified for use by U.S. defense and intelligence agencies.
February 2, 2000 |
NASA said on Tuesday it will delay the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until at least Feb. 9 so that a malfunctioning electronics system aboard the orbiter can be replaced. Bad weather caused the scrub of Endeavour's launch Monday on an Earth-mapping mission. Skies cleared on Tuesday, but engineers are still scratching their heads over a technical problem that cropped up during the countdown.
February 12, 2000 |
The space shuttle Endeavour roared off the launch pad Friday at the start of a long-delayed mission that is aimed at producing the best-ever three-dimensional images of Earth's surface. The six astronauts on board will spend 11 days in space bouncing radar signals off cities, fields, mountains, forests and other features that shape the planet between its polar regions.
February 22, 2000 |
Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour ended their ambitious Earth-mapping work Monday after some anxious moments closing a hatch. Bad weather forced them to consider landing at a seldom used strip in New Mexico. Following a final mapping pass over Australia, the astronauts began to stow their equipment for today's scheduled landing, but there was trouble with the 20-story radar mast deployed just hours after their Feb. 11 liftoff.
February 23, 2000 |
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six returned to Earth on Tuesday with more than a week's worth of radar images that will be transformed into the finest maps of the planet. Commander Kevin Kregel guided the shuttle down through a clear sky moments after sunset. Gusty winds at the runway had forced him to make an extra swing around Earth, delaying the homecoming by 1 1/2 hours.