Space Shuttle Endeavour

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Endeavour Returns to Earth a Final Time

After 299 days in space, space shuttle grounded for good

(Newser) - After 25 missions, 299 days in space, 4,671 orbits around the Earth, and more than 122 million miles, the space shuttle Endeavour has landed for good. It touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 2:34am this morning after its final 16-day mission, Space.com... More »

Endeavour Wraps Final Mission

Mark Kelly and crew will undock tonight, return home

(Newser) - It's all over for Endeavour but the undocking: The shuttle's crew floated out the door this morning and closed the hatch behind them, having completed Endeavour's final mission. "We're looking forward to getting home," said commander Mark Kelly, "and we're going to... More »

Pope Calls Shuttle Crew, Keeps Giffords in Mind

'I hope her health continues to improve'

(Newser) - Pope Benedict made a very long distance call this morning to the combined crews of shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station, notes SpaceFlight Now . And Gabby Giffords was on his mind. "I know that Mark Kelly's wife was a victim of a serious attack and I hope... More »

Woman Tweets Endeavour Pic, Shoots to Fame

Stefanie Gordon captured launch from plane window

(Newser) - When Stefanie Gordon tweeted a picture she took from her airplane window, she never expected it to get her interview requests from just about every major news outlet and a retweet by NASA. But that’s exactly what happened—since Gordon happened to be on a flight to Palm Beach... More »

NASA Pushes Back Endeavour Again

Shuttle won't launch before May 16

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords is getting some extra recovery time before her husband's final space flight: NASA yesterday announced that the shuttle Endeavour would launch no sooner than May 16, reports Space.com. NASA managers made the call after meeting to take stock of repairs to a broken power unit, which... More »

NASA Scraps Endeavour Launch Tomorrow

Unsure when next opportunity will come

(Newser) - NASA has scrapped tomorrow's tentative launch of space shuttle Endeavour, reports Space.com, saying that it needs more time to fix the broken auxiliary power unit that delayed the launch on Friday. "We're looking more toward the end of the week, maybe next weekend," says a... More »

Obamas Meet Privately With Gabrielle Giffords

President and first lady spend about 10 minutes with her

(Newser) - President Obama and the first lady didn't get to see a shuttle launch today , but they did get to meet the day's star spectator. The Obamas met privately for about 10 minutes with Gabrielle Giffords, reports CBS News . The White House didn't provide any details. It's... More »

NASA Vision Still Cloudy on Post-Shuttle Strategy

Gabby Giffords and President Obama exemplify the split

(Newser) - Whenever Endeavour manages to blast off, it's bound to be a grand spectacle that will no doubt recall NASA's glory days. But the Wall Street Journal warns that the pomp should not obscure fundamental questions about the agency's future. Consider the two most prominent spectators who were... More »

NASA Postpones Shuttle Launch Over Technical Glitch

It's off for at least 48 hours

(Newser) - No Endeavour launch today—or probably this weekend either. NASA postponed the high-profile launch to investigate trouble with heaters in the shuttle's power system, reports MSNBC . No word yet on what that means for the day's most awaited spectator, Gabby Giffords. Husband Mark Kelly and crew were less... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Boards Plane for Fla.

She's off to see husband blast off on space shuttle

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords is indeed on her way to Florida to see husband Mark Kelly lift off Friday aboard the shuttle Endeavour. Video shot from a distance shows Giffords boarding a plane in Houston, slowly but on her own two feet, reports KHOU-TV . It's the first public image of Giffords... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Cleared to Attend Shuttle Launch

Husband says she pumped her fist in excitement

(Newser) - Doctors have officially cleared Gabrielle Giffords to attend the space shuttle Endeavor’s final launch on Friday, Mark Kelly revealed in an interview with Katie Couric set to air on CBS tonight. Asked what Giffords’ reaction was, Kelly replied, “I think she said, ‘Awesome,’ and she pumped... More »

NASA Decides Homes for Retiring Space Shuttles

Three museums get Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavour

(Newser) - NASA's space shuttle fleet has only two flights left, and the space agency announced today where the shuttles are going for retirement, reports CollectSpace :
  • Atlantis: It stays with NASA and will be parked at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
  • Discovery: It's going to the Smithsonian's Steven F.
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Kelly: Gabby Will Likely Be at My Shuttle Launch

Shuttle commander says wife's condition improving every day

(Newser) - Ten weeks after she was shot in the head in Tucson, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is continuing to make a remarkable recovery, and she will likely be there when Endeavour blasts off on its final mission next month, husband Mark Kelly says. Kelly visits his wife at a rehab hospital in... More »

Shuttle Worker Falls to His Death

James Vanover was working on Endeavour

(Newser) - A worker preparing the space shuttle Endeavour for its April 19 launch fell to his death from a launch pad access arm today, according to NASA. Emergency crews at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral tried to revive James Vanover, a United Space Alliance worker, but were unsuccessful. Work at... More »

Gabrielle Giffords to Attend Husband's Shuttle Launch

She is scheduled to be there when Endeavour goes up in April

(Newser) - Another good sign for Gabrielle Giffords: She is expected to be in attendance when husband Mark Kelly blasts off aboard space shuttle Endeavour next month, reports ABC News . NASA says she'll be in the family viewing area of the Kennedy Space Center on April 19. Giffords continues to recuperate at... More »

Giffords' Husband Must Decide Soon on Shuttle Mission

Mark Kelly is scheduled to pilot Endeavour in April

(Newser) - The husband of Gabrielle Giffords has another concern that's likely weighing on his mind: whether he should return to space as scheduled in April. Astronaut Mark Kelly is on temporary leave from NASA, but he'll need to decide in fairly short order whether to pilot the shuttle Endeavour on its... More »

NASA Picks Backup for Gifford's Husband

Shuttle commander Mark Kelly may miss April's Endeavour mission

(Newser) - Mark Kelly has been temporarily replaced in his duties as an astronaut so he can stay with his wife—Gabrielle Giffords. Kelly has been at his wife's bedside since last weekend's shooting, but he's scheduled to command the shuttle Endeavour when it blasts off in April. The crew needs to... More »

Racing Bad Weather, Shuttle Endeavour Lands in Florida

Space shuttle safely wraps up mission after 2 weeks, 3 spacewalks

(Newser) - The first of the space shuttle program's final five missions ended without a hitch tonight as Endeavour landed at Cape Canaveral, beating bad weather forecast for the Florida coast. "Houston, it is great to be home," the mission commander said after returning from the International Space Station on... More »

Shuttle Crew Return Moon Rock to Space

Apollo 11 rock left behind as Endeavour finishes mission to ISS

(Newser) - The Endeavour shuttle departed the ISS last night, leaving behind the station's new connecting hub and observation deck as well as one well-traveled lump of rock. A lunar rock brought to Earth by Neil Armstrong and brought to the top of Mount Everest by astronaut Scott Parazynski is now an... More »

Space Station Gets Observation Deck

Astronauts complete mission, attach glass dome

(Newser) - After a long night spent struggling with bolts and wiring, astronauts have attached a new observation deck complete with glass lookout dome to the International Space Station. Two of the astronauts used a giant robotic arm to move the observation deck—which is expected to provide unprecedented 360-degree views of... More »

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