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 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 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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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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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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