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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NASA's Second Shuttle Carrier Jet Lands on Public Display
NASA 911, one of two retired Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that ferried NASA's space shuttles across the country for three decades, is towed from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Building 703 on its final journey to the City of Palmdale's nearby Joe Dav
September 18th, 2014
For the second time this year, a NASA jet used to ferry the space shuttles across the country has been put on public display. The youngest modified-Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was towed to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in California.
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NASA Nears Choice on Private Space Taxis for Astronauts
The Dream Chaser space plane designed by Sierra Nevada Space Systems is one of several private space taxis NASA is considering to launch American astronauts on round trips to the International Space Station. A decision is expected in late August or early
August 27th, 2014
The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private American astronaut taxis.
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Astronauts Are Sleep-Deprived in Space
Cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin's Sleep Station
August 14th, 2014
Researchers discovered that 64 astronauts on board 80 space shuttle missions, and 21 astronauts on the International Space Station slept for just six hours per night on average, even though their schedules called for 8.5 hours of slumber.
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Historic Mate-Demate Tower Used to Lift Space Shuttles Being Demolished
Space Shuttle Mate-Demate Device
August 26th, 2014
The steel tower used to mount NASA space shuttles atop jumbo jets to fly them cross-country after they landed in California is now being dismantled. The Mate-Demate Device at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center stood for four decades.
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NASA's Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope Celebrates 15 Years of Discoveries
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary
July 23rd, 2014
The agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory — one of NASA's 'Great Observatories,' along with the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and the now-retired Compton Gamma Ray Observatory — launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999.
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Dream Chaser Space Plane Prototype to Fly Again in 2014
Dream Chaser Launch Illustration
June 12th, 2014
The Dream Chaser space plane will see some more airtime later this year. Representatives of Sierra Nevada Corp., the company developing Dream Chaser, are planning to launch the space shuttle-like vehicle to space in November 2016.
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As Space Shuttle Discovery Turns 30, Smithsonian Curator Shares Orbiter Secrets
Space Shuttle Discovery at Udvar-Hazy Center
August 29th, 2014
NASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will mark the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian's curator charged with its care.
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Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies at 67
NASA astronaut Steven Nagel is seen in the commander's seat aboard the space shuttle Atlantis during the STS-55 mission in April 1991. Nagel died at age 67 on Aug. 21, 2014.
August 22nd, 2014
NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, Aug. 21. He was 67. Nagel died after a long battle with cancer, the Association of Space Explorers reported.
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Ohio Brewery Launches 'Spacewalker' Beer to Honor State's Astronauts
Ohio Brewing Company's 'Spacewalker' Beer
July 1st, 2014
The oldest microbrewery in Ohio is tapping into the state's connection to space history to offer a "bold, yet balanced" tribute to the Buckeye astronauts. Spacewalker American Belgo is the Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s new handcrafted Belgian-style ale.
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