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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'Interstellar' in IMAX: Christopher Nolan's Lessons on Space Film-making (Exclusive)
Christopher Nolan with an IMAX camera
November 12th, 2014
To make the stunning visuals of 'Interstellar' in IMAX, director Christopher Nolan sought inspiration from real-life IMAX space documentaries. See him talk with IMAX space documentary filmmaker Toni Myers here.
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NASA Space Shuttle Data Tapped to Combat Climate Change
Topographic map of Africa
September 26th, 2014
The White House is looking to data from NASA's space shuttle program to help in the fight against climate change. NASA will publicly release hi-res topographic maps of the globe to help other nations prepare for a changing environment.
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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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Have an Epic Space Halloween Costume? Enter Our Contest!
Tariq and Miriam as Astronauts
October 30th, 2014 is looking for photos of you dressed as rockets, alien planets, black holes or anything else related to space science or exploration. Send pics to managing editor Tariq Malik and the team at
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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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