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Lift Off!

July 9, 2011


Lift Off! This image, taken through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft, shows the final liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis as it ascended from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on the STS-135 mission, Friday, July 8, 2011. This is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program, during which the STS-135 crew […]

Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off

July 8, 2011


By Jonathan Amos BBC science correspondent, Kennedy Space Center Click to play Atlantis launches from Cape Kennedy Continue reading the main story Space shuttle Atlantis shuttle launch How far has the shuttle travelled? Nasa argues for ‘bright future’ Space shuttle timeline The 135th and final space shuttle mission has lifted off from Cape Canaveral in […]

On the Edge

July 7, 2011


A dragon fly is seen at the edge of the lagoon near Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Space shuttle Atlantis sits on the pad in the distance, awaiting its July 8, liftoff on the final flight of the shuttle program, a 12-day […]

Bright Are Saturn’s Moons

July 6, 2011


The Cassini spacecraft observed three of Saturn’s moons set against the darkened night side of the planet in this image from April 2011. Saturn is present on the left this image but is too dark to see. Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) is closest to Cassini here and appears largest at the center […]

Fears of decline at NASA after shuttle program

July 4, 2011


As NASA prepares to launch its last space shuttle — ending 30 years in which large teams of creative scientists and engineers sent winged spaceships into orbit — it is facing what may be a bigger challenge: a brain drain that threatens to undermine safety as well as the agency’s future plans. Space experts say […]

A Brief Overview About Our Solar System

July 2, 2011


Our Solar System Our galaxy – the Milky Way – is a spiral galaxy with arms extending from the center like a pinwheel. Our solar system is in the Orion arm of the Milky Way. Our Sun is one of about 100 billion stars in the Milky Way. And our galaxy is just one of […]

Government sues Apollo 14 astronaut over lunar camera

July 1, 2011


NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government has sued a former NASA astronaut to recover a camera used to explore the moon’s surface during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission after seeing it slated for sale in a New York auction. The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court on Wednesday, accuses Edgar Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and attempting […]