August 31, 2009 |
Space shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station on Sunday night, delivering a full load of gear and science experiments. The linkup occurred as the spacecraft zoomed more than 200 miles above the Atlantic and ended a round-the-world chase of nearly two days. A thruster failure made the rendezvous all the more challenging for shuttle commander Rick Sturckow. One of Discovery's small thrusters began leaking shortly after Friday's midnight liftoff and was shut down.
March 29, 2009 |
The space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth on Saturday and successfully wrapped up a construction mission that left the International Space Station with all its solar wings and extra electrical power. Discovery swooped through a cloudy sky and landed at Kennedy Space Center in midafternoon, later than planned. "Welcome home, Discovery, after a great mission," Mission Control radioed. "It's good to be back home," said Discovery's commander, Lee Archambault.
March 16, 2009 |
Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven rocketed into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month. Discovery rose from its seaside pad at 7:43 p.m. EDT just as the sun was setting. As the shuttle sped away from Kennedy Space Center like a brilliant star, part of the launch plume glowed a brilliant mix of pink, peach and gold. Clear skies allowed the shuttle to be visible for several minutes.
June 1, 2008 |
Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven astronauts thundered through a blue Florida sky Saturday afternoon on a mission to deliver a Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station and to help fix some nagging plumbing problems on board. The start of NASA's 123rd shuttle mission went smoothly; it is expected to dock with the station Monday. Some of the details of the two-week mission: The crew Veteran astronaut Navy Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly, who is married to Rep.
December 23, 2006 |
Catching a break with the Florida weather Friday afternoon, the space shuttle Discovery made a perfect sunset landing at Kennedy Space Center at 5:32 p.m. EST. Mission controllers had waved off an earlier landing opportunity because of storms and low clouds, but the weather unexpectedly cleared enough to allow the attempt.
November 10, 2006 |
Space shuttle Discovery was moved to the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center to await a launch that could be as early as Dec. 7 -- an effort to avoid potential year-end computer glitches. The worry is that shuttle computers aren't designed to make the change from the 365th day of the old year to the first day of the new year while in flight. NASA has never had a shuttle in space Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.