Thirty Years of NASA Space Shuttle Missions

NASA's space shuttle fleet is hanging up its wings after 30 years. The first shuttle flight, STS-1, launched on April 12, 1981.
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Holding Hubble History: Artifacts Preserve Space Telescope's 25-Year Legacy
Hubble Space Telescope Deployment
April 24th, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago, will never land in a museum. But that doesn't mean all of Hubble's history will be lost. The observatory's legacy will live on in the artifacts from its quarter-century (and more) observing the universe.
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NASA Demolishes Gantry Used to Lift Space Shuttles Off Jumbo Jets
Mate-Demate Device Demolition
February 5th, 2015
One of the final remaining structures unique to supporting NASA's space shuttle program is no more. The Mate-Demate Device at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which mounted and removed the orbiters from the back of jumbo jets for 35 years, has been de
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Moon-Mining Company to Use Historic Florida Launch Complex
Aerial view of Space Launch Complex 36 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Moon Express will be using the historic site for spacecraft development and flight tests.
January 23rd, 2015
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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The Last Hubble Servicing Mission: Q&A with Photographer Michael Soluri
The crew of space shuttle mission STS-125, which serviced the Hubble Space Telescope for the final time in May 2009.
April 24th, 2015
An interview with photographer Michael Soluri, who chronicled the leadup to the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Europe to Launch Its Own Mini-Space Shuttle
IXV Spaceplane on Payload Adapter
February 5th, 2015
The European Space Agency is preparing for launch next week of a small reusable spacecraft that is due to make its first test run beyond the atmosphere.
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Digging for Space History in Surplus Sale of NASA-Flown Gold
NASA's Long Duration Exposure Facility
January 15th, 2015
A federal surplus auction is selling a NASA flown-in-space artifact that may be worth its weight in gold — because it is gold. The six 24 karat gold plates reportedly flew in space for 69 months.
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Europe's Experimental Mini-Space Shuttle to Launch Wednesday
IXV Fairing Separation Illustration
February 9th, 2015
The unmanned space plane, called the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), is slated to blast off Wednesday at 8 a.m. EST from French Guiana. Its 100-minute suborbital flight is designed to test out re-entry technologies.
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NASA Marks Space Disaster Anniversaries with Day of Remembrance
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger's STS-51L mission, which ended in tragedy shortly after launch on Jan. 28, 1986. They are (from left to right): Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith and Ellison
January 28th, 2015
NASA officials are conducting ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to the astronauts killed in 1967's Apollo 1 fire and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle accidents.
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NASA Conducts 1st Test Fire of Shuttle-Era Engine for New Rocket
RS-25 Engine Test Fire
January 12th, 2015
For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired Jan. 9 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
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