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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Moon-Mining Company to Use Historic Florida Launch Complex
Aerial view of Space Launch Complex 36 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Moon Express will be using the historic site for spacecraft development and flight tests.
January 23rd, 2015
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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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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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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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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NASA Conducts 1st Test Fire of Shuttle-Era Engine for New Rocket
RS-25 Engine Test Fire
January 12th, 2015
For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired Jan. 9 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
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Have an Epic Space Halloween Costume? Enter Our Contest!
Tariq and Miriam as Astronauts
October 30th, 2014
Space.com 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 Space.com team at spacephotos@space.com.
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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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