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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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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