November 29, 2008 |
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the International Space Station on Friday, ending a 12-day visit that left the orbiting complex with more modern living quarters for bigger crews. Endeavour pulled away as the two spacecraft soared 220 miles above the Pacific, just east of Taiwan. "Thanks for the incredible makeover and leaving the station in fantastic shape," space station skipper Mike Fincke radioed the shuttle crew. Endeavour backed up and completed a lap around the space station, for picture-taking.
June 12, 2008 |
Discovery's astronauts inspected their ship's wings and nose for any signs of damage after bidding "sayonara" to the International Space Station and heading for home. Shuttle commander Mark Kelly and his crew pulled out Discovery's 100-foot inspection pole and began running its laser sensors over the wings and nose cap, particularly vulnerable areas during reentry. A gashed wing brought down shuttle Columbia in 2003, killing everyone aboard. Images were beamed down to engineers at Cape Canaveral for review.
March 15, 2008 |
Astronauts got power flowing to the International Space Station's new robot, overcoming a problem that had threatened to disrupt shuttle Endeavour's construction mission. Working from inside, the astronauts used the space station's mechanical arm to grab and energize the sleeping giant, named Dextre, which had been dormant outside the orbiting complex for nearly two days. Electricity quickly began streaming to the robot's joints and electronics, to everyone's relief. "Good news from the flight control room," Mission Control announced in Houston.
March 16, 2008 |
A pair of space shuttle astronauts floated outside the International Space Station late Saturday to assemble a mechanical maintenance man while crewmates set up equipment inside the first piece of Japan's newly arrived space laboratory. Veteran astronaut Richard Linnehan and rookie partner Michael Foreman left the station's airlock to begin the second of five spacewalks planned during the Endeavour's 16-day spaceflight. "Wow, what an awesome view," said Foreman, making his first spacewalk more than 200 miles over China.
November 27, 2003 |
Vickie Kloeris would like nothing more than to suffer the traditional anxieties of Thanksgiving: Will the turkey be moist? Will the in-laws get along? But it's hard to concentrate on such mundane matters when you've got things on your mind like giving your soup enough viscosity so that it sticks to a spoon without benefit of gravity.
October 10, 2012 |
British classical soprano Sarah Brightman plans to head for the stars, becoming the latest tourist to visit the International Space Station. Brightman, 52, announced her planned trip during a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday, the same day the cargo-loaded SpaceX mission made history by connecting with the space station. Brightman said she wants to be the first professional musician to sing from space during her 16 spins around the Earth, according to a statement from Russian-based Space Adventures Ltd. She's to be aboard the space station for 10 days, though no flight schedule has been set yet. The UNESCO artist for peace ambassador said in the statement: "I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on Earth and from space.