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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Historic Space Shuttle Access Arm Reaches Out to Public in Temporary Display
Orbiter Access Arm and White Room
May 12th, 2015
A large piece of a space shuttle launch pad has landed on temporary display, where the public may catch sight of it. The gantry arm that for 30 years served as the walkway into the space shuttles has been moved outside at the Kennedy Space Center.
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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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Space Shuttle Enterprise Exhibit in NYC Dedicated to Fallen Astronaut Crews
Shuttle Enterprise Dedication
April 28th, 2015
Three years after arriving in New York City for display, NASA's prototype space shuttle Enterprise was dedicated on April 27 to the Apollo 1, STS-51L and STS-107 astronauts who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration.
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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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Astronaut in 'Jeopardy!' Mark Kelly to Join Celebrities on Game Show
Mark Kelly to Appear on Jeopardy! Game Show
April 28th, 2015
His twin brother now on a yearlong mission aboard the space station, this former NASA astronaut is slated to compete on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in May. Who is Mark Kelly?
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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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