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Top 10 Headlines Today: Space Station Leak, Earth Timelapse…

The top 10 headlines on our radar today: Astronauts are dealing with a dangerous leak on the International Space Station, stunning timelapses of Earth show how the planet has changed in the last few decades, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: New Dino Found, Lost Continent Discovered…

The top 10 news stories on our radar today: A new dome-skulled dinosaur has been found in Canada, scientists have discovered what’s been dubbed a potential “Brazilian Atlantis,” and…

The Underwater Realm: Five-Minute Movies That Are Obsessed with Atlantis

Film director David M. Reynolds is obsessed with the fabled island of Atlantis. He’s so obsessed that he spent the past two years working practically nonstop (and with barely any budget) on five short films collectively called The Underwater Realm. In each of these four-to-five minute shorts, humans come into contact with Atlanteans, from a…

Final Chapter: Diary of a Shuttle Launch Enthusiast

From a true space shuttle launch “junkie” here are the top six moments from six years of shuttle launch experiences.

What Does It Take to Be an Astronaut?

That was the most asked question during an event this morning at the National Air and Space Museum featuring the crew of STS-132, the final flight of the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. A student asks a question of the STS-132 crew. —Image by Eric Long/NASM Well, the final “scheduled” flight, anyway.…

Space Shuttle Launch Coverage: Launch

By Susan Poulton for Breaking Orbit Space Shuttle Atlantis is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) in a spectacular on time launch from Kennedy Space Center at 2:20pm ET. This marks the 32nd and final launch for the shuttle Atlantis who had its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985. Cheers and applause…

Space Shuttle Launch Coverage: All Aboard!

By Susan Poulton for Breaking Orbit The crew is now on board and completing their communication checks and the hatch has been closed. Liftoff of Atlantis is still on schedule for 2:20pm ET with the weather forecast holding steady at 70%. There’s still a slight chance of a low cloud ceiling over the launch pad…

Space Shuttle Launch Coverage: Quiet Morning for Atlantis’ Last Flight

By Susan Poulton for Breaking Orbit The press site is quiet for the moment as the sun rises behind Atlantis, poised on the launch pad ready for her final flight. The weather looks good and there are no technical problems, but the mood here is a mixture of somber excitement as the space shuttle program…

Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion: 24 Years After the Disaster

The space shuttle has been on my mind a lot lately, since 2010 will see the final five shuttle launches for all time. Already NASA has plans to distribute the decommissioned shuttles to museums and education centers. And the space agency just announced that the Endeavour launch, slated for February 7, will be the last-ever…