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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Ready for Mission 34: To Enthuse and Inspire at KSCVC

Atlantis—veteran of 33 space missions between October 1985 and July 2011—is about to embark on her 34th and perhaps most important mission of all: to inspire a new generation of explorers. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

On Saturday, 29 June, after months of fanfare and almost two years since last exposed to the [...]

The Shuttle Landing Experience: The Shuttle is Gone, But the Dream Lives On!

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace with NASA elements

TITUSVILLE, Fla — During the space shuttle era, one of the most iconic moments of any of the missions was the orbiter’s rapid drop to the hard Earth below to the Shuttle Landing Facility, or “SLF.” Heralded by twin sonic booms, it served [...]

Atlantis Emerges From Cocoon at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The business end of Space Shuttle Atlantis emerges from the protective cocoon that has covered her since shortly after she arrived at her new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex began unwrapping a very special Space Coast [...]

Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Talk Dreams, Discuss Current State of US Space Program

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The three astronauts that were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Saturday, April 20 spoke with members of the media just prior to the induction ceremony. During the question and answer session that followed, they detailed what they believed their [...]

The Two Towers: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Atlantis Exhibit Boasts New Addition

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Atlantis Exhibit is gaining new elements that should serve as a beacon for guests. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The operators of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Delaware North Companies (DNC), are continuing to make progress toward the planned June 29, 2013, opening for [...]

Atlantis Ascends: Orbiter's New Home Readied for June Opening

Former NASA shuttle astronaut Jon McBride (far left), along with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Chief Executive Officer Bill Moore, unveil the new sign in front of Shuttle Atlantis’ exhibit. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Shuttle Atlantis’ new digs has a new sign in preparation for [...]

NASA'S Robotic Refueling Mission Proves Its Worth in Space

The Canadian Space Agency’s Dextre robotic arm on the International Space Station has successfully completed the first experiment under the Robotic Refueling Mission. Photo Credit: NASA / CSA

An experiment that flew up to the orbiting International Space Station in the final days of the space shuttle era is proving a once theoretical procedure is [...]

Book Review: 'Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer'

Former NASA astronaut Jerry Ross flew into space seven times aboard the space shuttle—more than any other astronaut in history. He has a book that will be coming out next month entitled Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer. Photo Credit: NASA

One would think that reading about the [...]

Robotic Refueling Mission Put Through Paces

 

Video courtesy of NASA 

One of the more understated components of the final shuttle mission is taking center stage. The Robotic Refueling Mission, or “RMM,” is being readied to test out procedures that could prolong the life of satellites far beyond their initial warrantees—and revolutionize how the world views and uses [...]

ESC Empowers Part 3: Payloads & Space Life Sciences

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — David Reed is a soft-spoken man with a passion for science. This much became obvious while AmericaSpace spoke with him at the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—where Reed is the payload engineering lead for the Engineering Services Contract [...]