The Final Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery Archive
05 January 2011, 01:51 PM ET
NASA has begun reinforcing support beams on the external fuel tank of the space shuttle Discovery after extensive X-ray imaging last week revealed new cracks in some of the structural supports.
31 December 2010, 07:59 AM ET
While 2010 saw many historic successes in spaceflight and space science, plenty of things went wrong this year, too.
30 December 2010, 04:45 PM ET
NASA technicians have wrapped up a series of X-ray image scans on the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, but several new cracks were detected on three of the beleaguered tank's support beams, agency officials said.
24 December 2010, 01:11 PM ET
NASA has invited Santa Claus to drop by Kennedy Space Center this Christmas Eve to check out the agency's three space shuttles as they're prepared for their final missions.
22 December 2010, 05:24 AM ET
Leaving the launch pad and rolling back to the Vehicle Assembly Building overnight, the space shuttle Discovery will spend the holidays having the external tank X-rayed as engineers look into the theory that its cracks resulted from stresses accumulated d
17 December 2010, 12:17 PM ET
NASA pumped millions of gallons of super-cold propellants into space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank Friday morning to test why it had developed cracks along two support beams during a launch attempt last month.
16 December 2010, 03:30 PM ET
To test a troublesome fuel tank on the space shuttle Discovery, NASA plans to fill the tank Friday morning and run a countdown to what would normally be its last few seconds before liftoff.
23 November 2010, 12:19 PM ET
Amongst its myriad other tourist attractions and landmarks, the Big Apple could become home to one of NASA's retiring space shuttles following the retirement of the fleet in 2011, according to news reports.
22 November 2010, 03:12 PM ET
NASA's space shuttle Discovery is all patched up for its planned final launch into space next week, NASA officials said today.
19 November 2010, 05:59 PM ET
The Final Flight of Shuttle Discovery
18 November 2010, 04:18 PM ET
NASA is targeting Dec. 3 for its next attempt to launch the space shuttle Discovery on its final voyage.
15 November 2010, 05:44 PM ET
NASA engineers have found another crack – the fourth so far – in the metal skin of the external fuel tank attached to the space shuttle Discovery.
15 November 2010, 04:28 PM ET
The planet Neptune, eighth planet from the Sun in Earth’s solar system, is the fourth largest planet in diameter and third largest in mass. Neptune was named after the Roman God of the seas.
15 November 2010, 10:33 AM ET
NASA engineers have found another crack – the fourth so far – in the metal skin of the external fuel tank attached to the space shuttle Discovery.
12 November 2010, 05:59 PM ET
As technicians continued repair work on the space shuttle Discovery, a third crack was found on the aluminum body of the orbiter's external fuel tank, the latest in a series of delays and glitches that prevented the workhorse shuttle from launching on its
12 November 2010, 10:38 AM ET
As technicians continued repair work on the space shuttle Discovery, a third crack was found on the aluminum body of the orbiter's external fuel tank, the latest in a series of delays and glitches that prevented the workhorse shuttle from launching on its
11 November 2010, 03:41 PM ET
A misaligned seal on the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank may be to blame for the potentially dangerous leak of hydrogen gas that thwarted NASA's attempt to launch the spacecraft last week.
11 November 2010, 11:25 AM ET
A misaligned seal on the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank may be to blame for the potentially dangerous leak of hydrogen gas that thwarted NASA's attempt to launch the spacecraft last week.
10 November 2010, 04:12 PM ET
Two cracks have been discovered on the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, presenting further issues for the orbiter's planned final launch.
09 November 2010, 03:45 PM ET
NASA engineers are beginning their examination of the fuel leak that stalled last week's launch of the space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.
05 November 2010, 06:48 PM ET
The delay of space shuttle Discovery's launch to the end of the month should not impact the overall schedule for the final missions of NASA's three-orbiter fleet, agency officials said.
05 November 2010, 02:39 PM ET
A fuel leak and crack on the space shuttle Discovery's external tank has forced NASA to delay the shuttle's final launch until Nov. 30, at the earliest.
05 November 2010, 02:21 PM ET
The delay of space shuttle Discovery's launch to the end of the month should not impact the overall schedule for the final missions of NASA's three-orbiter fleet, agency officials said.
05 November 2010, 08:37 AM ET
A fuel leak on NASA's space shuttle Discovery has delayed the shuttle's final launch today.
05 November 2010, 07:41 AM ET
Space shuttle Discovery will launch into space with a small LEGO version of itself aboard as part of a new NASA educational partnership.
05 November 2010, 01:29 AM ET
NASA is hoping for good weather today to launch the space shuttle Discovery on its final spaceflight before being retired.
04 November 2010, 06:07 AM ET
Stormy weather forced NASA to delay the launch of the space shuttle Discovery for at least one more day, the latest in a string of setbacks for what will be the spacecraft's final mission.
04 November 2010, 05:59 AM ET
The space shuttle Discovery is poised to launch this afternoon (Nov. 4) on its 39th and final mission after 26 years of spaceflight.
03 November 2010, 11:02 AM ET
NASA is working to understand a last-minute glitch on space shuttle Discovery and studying a dismal weather forecast for a possible Thursday launch.
03 November 2010, 08:52 AM ET
NASA is forging ahead with plans to launch space shuttle Discovery on its final mission Thursday.
02 November 2010, 10:30 AM ET
Three American astronauts get to vote from space for the Nov. 2 elections from their home on the International Space Station.
01 November 2010, 06:04 PM ET
The six-astronaut crew of space shuttle Discovery's final mission, set to launch Wednesday, recently took time out for a goofy photo with their orbiter.
01 November 2010, 11:15 AM ET
NASA has cleared the space shuttle Discovery for one final launch into space on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
01 November 2010, 08:06 AM ET
Space shuttle Discovery is ready to fly its final flight this week, but where it will make its last landing is still up in the air.
01 November 2010, 01:11 AM ET
The last crew of space shuttle Discovery is an experienced astronaut bunch.
01 November 2010, 12:27 AM ET
NASA's space shuttle Discovery will launch slightly earlier in the day on Nov. 5, than on its initial Nov. 1 target. Here's why.