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April 5, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Space shuttle Discovery is on its way to the International Space Station. Discovery and seven astronauts blasted off shortly before sunrise Monday. They're delivering thousands of pounds of supplies and experiments to keep the station running long after the shuttles retire later this year. Three women are riding aboard Discovery. A fourth is already at the space station. She arrived Sunday, courtesy of the Russians. That sets a record for the most women flying on spacecraft at the same time.
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April 17, 2012 | By Richard Simon
It was an extraordinary sight, even for Washington -- a space shuttle flying over the nation's capital atop a modified 747 on the way to its permanent new home, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Crowds gathered on the National Mall, office workers peered out windows and motorists pulled to the side of the road to catch a glimpse of the retired Discovery orbiter , which made a sweep of the capital region, over the monuments, before landing at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.
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March 29, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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April 5, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Space shuttle Discovery is on its way to the International Space Station. Discovery and seven astronauts blasted off shortly before sunrise Monday. They're delivering thousands of pounds of supplies and experiments to keep the station running long after the shuttles retire later this year. Three women are riding aboard Discovery. A fourth is already at the space station. She arrived Sunday, courtesy of the Russians. That sets a record for the most women flying on spacecraft at the same time.
OPINION
October 9, 1988
It's Thursday morning, and I'm driving down Highland Boulevard on my way to work. It's about 8:35, and usually at this time my mind is on work. But not today. Right now my mind is on space shuttle Discovery, and Challenger. I try and talk myself out of any negative thoughts as the launch approaches, but I find it's not easy. The ramifications of another disaster are unthinkable. And then, the liftoff. I hold my breath--10 seconds, 20 seconds. The dreaded "Go at throttle up," and one minute later, America is in space again.
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March 27, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA managers recommended that the space shuttle Discovery take off on schedule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida April 12 to launch the Hubble Space Telescope. Technicians found that a nut on the landing gear of another shuttle had moved out of alignment. NASA spokesman Ed Campion said analysis indicated the misaligned nut, likely caused by impact upon landing, posed no danger. A final decision on the launch is expected this week.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1991 | Dean Takahashi/Times staff writer
It's not us: Odetics Inc., an Anaheim high-technology company, said Monday that it isn't to blame for the malfunction of space tape-recording devices on the space shuttle Discovery. The company issued a press release saying its seven recorders, which monitor and store data in space and transmit it back to Earth, are operating normally on board the Discovery. A NASA spokeswoman said the malfunctioning recorders were made by Datatape Inc., an instruments manufacturer in Pasadena.
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April 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery began its slow creep to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral after a brief delay caused by the discovery of a crack in the external fuel tank's foam insulation. NASA later said the crack was no reason for concern. The flaw was discovered as the spacecraft was being readied for the first launch since Columbia broke apart two years ago.
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May 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery completed a nearly 10-hour trek back to the hangar Thursday to have a new and safer fuel tank installed, along with a heater to prevent a dangerous buildup of ice on its surface. The spacecraft is being readied for liftoff in mid-July on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster over two years ago.
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August 31, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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March 29, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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March 16, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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June 1, 2008 | Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel
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.
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December 23, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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July 18, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The space shuttle Discovery roared out of a gray sky Monday and safely landed at Kennedy Space Center, concluding a 13-day mission that clears the way for resuming construction of the International Space Station. NASA officials said the successful mission showed that the shuttle program was "back on track" after setbacks that began with the loss of the shuttle Columbia in 2003 and continued with last year's problem-plagued shuttle mission.
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July 17, 2006 | Michael Cabbage, Orlando Sentinel
The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to end its 13 days in orbit this morning with the first shuttle landing at the Kennedy Space Center since 2002. Discovery's six astronauts are to touch down at 6:14 a.m. PDT to complete a supply flight to the International Space Station that included a critical repair to the outpost and delivery of a new crew member. The biggest weather concern was a chance of showers near Cape Canaveral.
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