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Space Shuttle 747 to Land in Museum

The jumbo jet that first carried a space shuttle coast to coast will land in a museum next month, scheduled to forever bear a copy of its most famous passenger. NASA 905 was the first of two Boeing 747 passenger jets modified by the space agency to wing space shuttles from landing runways back to…

Inside the Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

This week, when the space shuttle Endeavour flies from Kennedy Space Center to Los Angeles and its new home at the California Science Center, it also means the retirement of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) that has been responsible for transporting all the space shuttles for over 35 years.

DC Welcomes Space Shuttle Discovery

  After a few false alarms caused by jets leaving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the crowd was finally rewarded with a view of the low-flying 747, piggybacking Space Shuttle Discovery, en route to a Smithsonian hangar. Cheers erupted through the jammed road and park in front of the White House. The carrier roared across…

Biofuels in Space! Or, What the Heck is Microgravity?

MICROGRAVITY Function: noun Etymology: micr- + gravity : a condition in space in which only minuscule gravitational forces are experienced : virtual absence of gravity ; broadly : WEIGHTLESSNESS —via Merriam-Webster Just as black holes do not suck, there is technically no such thing as zero gravity in low-Earth orbit. Earth’s gravitational influence, after all,…

STS-130 Launch Coverage: Second Attempt

By Susan Poulton for Breaking Orbit Fueling of the space shuttle is complete and it stands ready for a second launch attempt at 4:14am ET. We just returned from the crew walk out and they are now getting strapped into their seats on the shuttle. Their faces never seem to look any less excited on…

The Space Shuttle’s Last Night Launch

Colleague Susan Poulton traded D.C.’s blizzard of 2010 for a weekend in Florida, where she’s blogging the last planned night launch of the U.S. space shuttle. She’ll chronicle the full countdown on our Breaking Orbit blog. To kick off the series (and honor the space program), I’m reposting her first entry here on BlogWild… We’re…

Mission Underway and Amazing Launch Video

Image Courtesy NASA We’re on day three of the STS-126 mission, and the space shuttle has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Today, the crew transferred the Leonardo module from the shuttle to the ISS and began preparing for the first spacewalk of the mission tomorrow. The astronauts who will be conducting the…