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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.

Live From the Shuttle Launch: Atlantis Lifts Off

After a heart-stopping hold on the countdown clock at 31 seconds, the space shuttle Atlantis roared to life today, kicking off the last ever space shuttle mission.

Endeavour Exposed

Being cautiously optimistic paid off last night—around 10:45 p.m. local time we got word that we were “go” for RSS rollback. Doused in bug spray, we piled off the bus to stand as close to Endeavour as possible while the servicing structure unfolded. The process itself seems to start in slow motion, with barely perceptible…

Space Shuttle Endeavour Weathers Stormy Skies

It’s almost 10 p.m. local time here at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and crowds of bedraggled press are gathered in the media center waiting for the weather to clear so we can go witness a milestone in human spaceflight. In the distance the space shuttle Endeavour stands at Launch Pad 39A, which glitters with…

Space Shuttle “Retirement Homes” Announced

The wait is over. At a ceremony today honoring the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden finally revealed which museums around the country are going to get retired shuttles to put on display. Without further adieu, the winners are: Enterprise: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City…

Was that America? The shuttle Discovery, as seen from afar.

By Chris Combs  for Breaking Orbit This is how it ended: We drove a few more miles, parked the car, stopped in at Cosmic Coffee for a cup of joe, and watched a bright speck sear its way out of sight. About a year ago, my partner, Rachel, and I had heard the nearly thirty-year-old…

Don’t Cry for Me, Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center today at 4:53pm ET in spectacular fashion on her 39th and final mission. However, it wouldn’t be a Discovery launch if it wasn’t a nail biter. I’ve been to over 45 launch attempts since 2005 and this was the closest yet, with the countdown going right…

Launch Coverage: Discovery’s Hatch is Closed…

The crew is now securely in the shuttle and the hatch has been closed in preparation for the 4:50pm ET launch of Discovery this afternoon. Everything is still looking good with no technical issues being worked and weather still holding at 90% go for launch. It was an on time walk out from the crew…

“Go” for Final Launch of Discovery

By Susan Poultonfor Breaking Orbit   As far as space shuttle launches go, it doesn’t get much better than this. Tanking of Space Shuttle Discovery began on time at 7:25 am ET this morning, getting it ready for its final flight scheduled for 4:50pm ET this afternoon. The weather forecast has been upgraded to a…

A Challenger Tribute, 25 Years in the Making

Twenty-five years ago today, seven astronauts embarked on NASA’s 25th space shuttle mission, on January 28, 1986. The shuttle Challenger lifted off from Launch Complex 39-B at Kennedy Space Center at 11:38 a.m. local time. Then, 73 seconds into the flight of STS-51L, the shuttle was engulfed in a cloud of vapor as it began…