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Endeavour Still Inching Toward Final Destination

Scheduled to arrive at California Science Center tonight

(Newser) - At every turn of Endeavour's stop-and-go commute through urban streets , a constellation of spectators trailed along as the space shuttle ploddingly nosed past stores, schools, churches, and front yards. Having escaped out of Earth's atmosphere two dozen times, Endeavour's slow-speed trek today to its retirement center took... More »

Endeavour Hits Political Turbulence on Final Journey

Los Angeles science center makes amends for 400 trees felled

(Newser) - Forget technical difficulties: It's politics that have posed a problem in Endeavour's last journey. The space shuttle has been soaring across the US in celebration of its 20 years and 122,883,151 miles. But the last 12 miles of its journey—through south Los Angeles on a... More »

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 »

Stinging Eye Almost Derails Spacewalk

Astronaut Andrew Feustel has an eye irritation ... 220 miles up

(Newser) - Eyelash, space dust, tears … who knows what was, but an astronaut today got something in his eye that stung "like crazy"—and almost interrupted a spacewalk. Several minutes later, Andrew Feustel assured everyone his eye was feeling better and the third spacewalk of the Endeavour continued as... More »

'Bummer:' Astronauts Hit Trouble on Spacewalk

Mike Fincke loses bolt on spacewalk to repair solar wings

(Newser) - Astronaut Mike Fincke ran into trouble today while trying to lubricate a joint in the life-sustaining solar power system of the International Space Station, losing one bolt and getting a washer stuck in a crevice. Fincke, one of NASA's most experienced spacemen, had to settle for a partial lube... 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 »

Spacesuit Glitch Ends Endeavour Spacewalk

Two astronauts end spacewalk early when a spacesuit malfunctions

(Newser) - NASA managers cut short today's routine spacewalk by two Endeavour astronauts because one of their carbon dioxide sensors stopped working. The astronauts were nearly five hours into a planned six-and-a-half hour spacewalk at the International Space Station when mission controllers noticed that Gregory Chamitoff's spacesuit sensor wasn't... 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 »

Endeavour Blasts Off

Gabrielle Giffords in attendance

(Newser) - Space shuttle Endeavour is finally on its way. Endeavour blasted off on the next-to-last shuttle flight this morning under the command of Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The wounded congresswoman watched the launch in private from the Kennedy Space Center. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Inside the Crazy Museum Battle to Own Discovery

21 places are clamoring for it ... but the quietest spot might get it

(Newser) - Discovery returns to Earth today then will continue on to its final resting place ... location TBD. The 27-year-old shuttle (along with sister orbiters Endeavour and Atlantis) is one hot property these days, with 21 museums angling for the right to house it—and pay the $28.8 million it will... More »

Giffords's Husband Will Lead April Shuttle Flight

Mark Kelly to fly Endeavour's final mission

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords’s husband has decided to lead the space shuttle Endeavour’s last mission, set to lift off April 19 for two weeks, NASA announced today. His wife’s condition had prompted doubts over whether Mark Kelly would undertake the flight, his fourth; she's currently in a rehab clinic... More »

Shuttle Atlantis Embarks on Final Voyage

Craft scheduled to reach International Space Station Sunday

(Newser) - Space shuttle Atlantis is on its way to orbit for the last time. Atlantis and an experienced crew of six blasted off this afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center. More than 40,000 guests gathered at the Florida launch site, all of them eager to catch one of the few... More »

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