Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Replaced Faulty Engine Valve on Private Rocket

SpaceX engineers have replaced a faulty engine valve on a private rocket carrying the first commercial space capsule bound for the International Space Station following the last-second abort during an attempted liftoff on May 19 (Saturday). The valve replacement came after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which will loft the firm’s unmanned Dragon capsule toward the station, aborted its launch attempt a half-second before liftoff from a pad here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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NASA Powered Down Endeavor

NASA shut down space shuttle Endeavour for the final time on May 11, 2012. Space shuttle technicians working inside Orbiter Processing Facility-2 (OPF-2) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida powered down Endeavour, the youngest of the retired fleet’s orbiters, at 9:58 a.m. EDT (1358 GMT) as they moved forward with preparations for the winged spacecraft’s museum display. This September, NASA will mount Endeavour on top of a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft and ferry it to Los Angeles for its exhibit at the California Science Center.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Arrived in Washington

The space shuttle Discovery arrived in Washington on April 17, where it will go on permanent display at the Smithsonian later this week.The retired space plane was delivered to the nation’s capital mounted to the space agency’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet, on a final ferry flight that included a historic flyover of the National Mall and some of its nearby monuments and federal buildings.

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First Man in Space

For more than five decades, humans have been suiting up and riding rockets to escape the bonds of Earth, but the anniversary of that historic first flight, which blasted off 51 years ago this week, takes center stage on April 12. On 12 April 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space when he launched into orbit on the Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft (Vostok 1). To mark the groundbreaking flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961, space geeks worldwide will revel at themed parties, and a filmmaker will tweet the mission’s audio transcript live to coincide with the actual time of the flight.

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Boeing 747 Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

The modified-Boeing 747, known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on april 10. The jumbo jetliner came in from Dryden Flight Research Center in California to ferry Discovery to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., where the iconic spacecraft is set to go on public display. The aircraft landed at 5:35 p.m. EDT (2135 GMT) on the same runway that Discovery used to return from space for a 39th and final time on March 9, 2011.

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Historic Handshake Between Robonaut 2 and Daniel Burbank

A NASA robot, named Robonaut 2, greeted its human commander with a hearty handshake on February 15, along with a silent message: “Hello, World.” The historic handshake between man and machine, a first in space, was shared between NASA’s humanoid robot Robonaut 2, and American astronaut Daniel Burbank on the International Space Station. Robonaut 2 is a $2.5 million droid designed to be an autonomous assistant to help astronauts with complex chores to keep the space station running properly. The robot was developed through a NASA partnership with car manufacturer General Motors and is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space.

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Latest in the History of Shuttle “Atlantis” Went into Orbit

As has informede U.S. space agency NASA last in the history of shuttle “Atlantis” has successfully entered orbit.”Atlantis” was launched from cape Canaveral with a slight delay because of technical problems at the last minute countdown.For the commander, astronaut Chris Ferguson, the flight on a shuttle will be the third of his career. Doug Hurley will pilot the shuttle for the second time.

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Endeavours Final Landing

Space Shuttle Endeavour returns to Earth after final mission. Endeavour makes its final landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 1, 2011 to end the STS-134 mission, the shuttle’s final spaceflight and NASA’s second-to-last shuttle mission

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