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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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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Shuttle Contractor's 'Soft Mark' on History: Pins Honor Space Shuttle Team
United Space Alliance's Space Shuttle Mission Pin Collection
June 19th, 2014
United Space Alliance (USA) has put a pin in its role in space shuttle history. In fact, it has put in 135 pins.
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Space History Photo: McCandless on Arm in Aft Payload Bay
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May 9th, 2014
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II tests a Mobile Foot Restraint.
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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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Astronaut Hall of Fame Inducts Two Record-Setting Space Shuttle Fliers
Lucid and Ross Inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
May 6th, 2014
The Astronaut of Hall of Fame inducted two new members on May 3, during a ceremony that was the first to be held under the retired shuttle Atlantis. It was only coincidence that both inductees had made history while flying aboard that particular orbiter.
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NASA Shuttle Carrier Jumbo Jet Ready to Roll on Houston Road Trip
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905
April 28th, 2014
'Oversize Load.' So cautions bright orange signs positioned alongside roads leading to and from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The traffic advisories were placed in advance of NASA 905, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, being moved.
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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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Space Shuttle Carrier Jet Arrives 'Home Sweet Home' After Houston Road Trip
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Enters Parking Lot
April 30th, 2014
Houston, the SCA has landed. The original of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet that for three decades flew the agency's orbiters coast to coast, completed a two-night eight-mile road trip to Space Center Houston.
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