In exchange for buying American-made jets, Turkey tried to barter for a space shuttle ride for one of its astronauts, according to a U.S. State Department message released by WikiLeaks and reported by Space.com.
Choking back a tear, NASA has announced the dates of the final missions to be made by the Space Shuttle. Discovery will lift off on November 1, for a 10-day mission carrying parts to the International Space Station. After that, February 26, 2011, will mark the last shuttle flight, as Endeavour takes the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer up to the ISS on a 13-day mission.
Future biofuels from space could be go for launch, if a space station experiment shows that microgravity can favorably affect the growth of Jatropha curcas plant cells. Jatropha can produce high-quality oil that represents one of the more promising possibilities for a source of alternative energy.
It's a sight captured by many a late-night stargazer: a shuttle streaking through the dark sky on its way to orbit. Last night, a gorgeous predawn launch of the space shuttle Endeavour marked the last scheduled night launch ever for the retiring NASA vehicle, even as NASA looks forward to a new age of commercial spaceflight. All four of the remaining shuttle flights are slated for the daytime, SPACE.com reports.
Night Shuttle Launch:A time-lapse view of the STS-130 shuttle launch.kuyabic/Flickr
It's a sight captured by many a late-night stargazer: a shuttle streaking through the dark sky on its way to orbit. Last night, a gorgeous predawn launch of the space shuttle Endeavour marked the last scheduled night launch ever for the retiring NASA vehicle, even as NASA looks forward to a new age of commercial spaceflight.
Spaceflight continues to represent one of the more extreme and hazardous undertakings for humans, even if it's just about getting off the ground. But the men and women of NASA's astronaut corps say that the U.S. space agency can improve on the odds that faced the doomed shuttle crews of Challenger and Columbia.
NASA releases preliminary estimates of potential job cuts due to the end of the shuttle program
By Gregory Mone
Posted 04.02.2008 at 10:45 am 4 Comments
When the shuttle retires in 2010, as many as 8,000 NASA contractors could lose their jobs. After a request from lawmakers, NASA released these numbers yesterday, but added that this could be a worst case scenario. The Kennedy Space Center would suffer the biggest losses, with 80 percent of its contract workers losing their jobs by 2011.
After repeated delays blamed on technical issues, today's shuttle launch may be stalled for a decidedly low-tech reason
By Gregory Mone
Posted 02.07.2008 at 1:24 pm 1 Comment
This morning, NASA astronauts due to take off on STS-122 suited up and made their way to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, where the shuttle Atlantis is ready to go. Liftoff is set for 2:45 EST today, but there's only a ten-minute window during which the ship can launch—otherwise it wouldn't effectively rendezvous with the International Space Station.
The versatile Crew Exploration Vehicle is NASA's hope for a shuttle replacement.
By Dawn Stover
Posted 04.08.2005 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
The space shuttle may be in the best shape of its life, but in the forward-looking world of space travel, it's a grizzled senior citizenwith mandatory retirement looming in 2010. The race is on to develop a replacement.Still on the drawing board, NASA's next-generation spacecraft will be called the "Crew" Exploration Vehicle, or CEV. It's expected to begin carrying astronauts to low-Earth orbit by 2014 and to the moon by 2020.Eleven aerospace-industry teams are vying for two NASA contracts to develop CEV concepts; the winners will be announced by early September.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.