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The salt and corrosion come off with diligent scrubbing. So, bolt by bolt and cable by cable, the famed Liberty Bell space capsule is being cleaned up. But all the scouring has not yet rubbed away the mystery that clings to the Liberty Bell. Or the tarnish that stains a hero's reputation. The Liberty Bell carried astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom into space on July 21, 1961. It was America's second manned spaceflight, a triumph right up until splashdown.
May 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
S paceX 's Dragon space capsule successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday about 563 miles west of Baja California after spending nine days in outer space. The unmanned capsule hit the water at 8:42 a.m. PDT, marking the end of a historic mission carried out by the Hawthorne-based company, officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. "Splashdown! Welcome home # Dragon !" the company tweeted . About five minutes before splashdown, the three main parachutes billowed open.
July 20, 1990 | United Press International
The son of the first American to walk in space is making a public appeal for the return of stolen mementos of his late father's career as an astronaut, including cuff links, tie tacks, a gold bracelet and a medallion. Edward H. White III discovered the items were missing when he returned home from a Colorado vacation. From $40,000 to $50,000 in jewelry and furs also were taken. Edward H. White II space-walked in 1965. In 1967, he, Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom and Roger B.
April 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Russian space capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut landed in northern Kazakhstan, 260 miles off its mark, Russian officials said. Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said the condition of the crew, South Korean bioengineer Yi So-yeon, American astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko, was satisfactory. The Russian TMA-11 craft touched down at 1:51 a.m. PDT. It took search helicopters 25 minutes to find the capsule and determine the crew was unharmed.
December 10, 2010 | W.J. Hennigan
In the historic launch of its Dragon space capsule Wednesday, Hawthorne-based rocket venture SpaceX didn't carry astronauts or cargo into orbit. But it did transport a wheel of LeBrouere cheese. The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., revealed Thursday that it lifted a secret payload into low Earth orbit aboard its cone-shaped Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX said the choice was a nod to the British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus and its famous Cheese Shop skit.
May 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
SpaceX's Dragon space capsule, which last week became the world's first privately built and operated spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station, is scheduled to return to Earth on Thursday morning. The unmanned capsule is set to splash down at 8:44 a.m. PDT in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles west of Southern California. It will be the culmination of a historic mission carried out by the Hawthorne-based company, officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
November 21, 1985 | Associated Press
Three Soviet cosmonauts abandoned their orbiting space laboratory and returned to Earth today in a space capsule after one of them became ill and needed hospitalization, the official press agency Tass reported. It was the first time any space mission, either U.S. or Soviet, was terminated early because of the sickness of a crew member. There had been no previous announcement that the three cosmonauts had undocked their Soyuz T-14 capsule from the orbiting Salyut-7 space laboratory.
May 22, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket roared to life before dawn at Cape Canaveral, Fla., today and blasted into space on a column of fire that lit the night sky for miles around. The nine-engine rocket lifted off at 3:44 a.m. EDT carrying a cone-shaped space capsule that's set to berth with the International Space Station later this week. SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is the first private company to embark on such a mission. Up until now, sending a spacecraft to the space station has been a feat that has only been accomplished by four of the world's wealthiest and most technologically advanced governments: the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Union . The launch marked a major milestone in efforts to shift spacecraft development -- long dominated by governments and large, entrenched aerospace firms -- to privately funded firms such as SpaceX that so far have been funding their ventures largely on their own. About 10 minutes into the spaceflight, SpaceX confirmed that its gleaming, white Falcon 9 rocket had lifted the unmanned Dragon space capsule into orbit.
January 24, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
Hawthorne rocket venture Space Exploration Technologies Corp. gave a rare look Tuesday inside its new Dragon space capsule, the same craft that it plans to rendezvous with the International Space Station sometime later this year. The closely held company, better known as SpaceX, posted an interactive panorama on its website of what it looks like inside the space capsule in its cargo configuration. SpaceX had planned to send the Dragon capsule into space on Feb. 7 aboard its 18-story Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. But the company said this month that more engineering work was needed before it would embark on the historic mission.
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