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Shuttle Columbia Launches on Science Mission

Thursday, January 16, 2003

The seven member crew of STS 107 successfully launched aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia at 10:39 a.m. EST on Jan. 16 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The first shuttle mission of the year carries the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon. Columbia, the oldest orbiter in the Shuttle fleet, will carry four tons of science to orbit...literally! STS 107 is the first strictly science research mission since STS-99, with 80-plus experiments. The astronauts will conduct round the clock science in 12 hour shifts throughout the 16-day mission, due to return to Earth on Feb. 1.

More: NASA Human Spaceflight - shuttle news and information

More: NASA TV - see live action from the shuttle and mission control!

First Native American to Walk in Space

Friday, November 8, 2002

On November 11, the first tribally registered Native American astronaut will lift off into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour from NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the 16th American assembly flight to the International Space Station. During the mission, Astronaut John Bennett Herrington (Cmdr., USN), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, will become the first Native American to walk in space. Serving as Endeavour's flight engineer for launch and landing, Herrington will be one of two astronauts conducting three spacewalks to install a 45-foot, 14-ton girder-like structure, called the Port 1 to the Station. Once the remainder of the truss is complete, the structure will span more than 300 feet to carry power, data and temperature control to the electronic outpost of the Station.

More: NASA - John Herrington, First Native American to Walk in Space

More: NASA Biography - John Bennett Herrington

Atlantis Heads Toward Space Station

Monday, October 7, 2002

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off into clear blue Florida skies Monday afternoon, on its way to the International Space Station. Marking the 15th flight to the station, this mission will feature three space walks on the part of the crew to attach and activate the S-One Truss. Atlantis and her crew -- Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Dave Wolf, Pilot Pam Melroy, Commander Jeff Ashby and Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Fyodor Yurchikhin - will dock with the International Space Station on Wednesday morning, Eastern time.

Link: NASA Human Spaceflight - Space Shuttle

Link: NASA TV - watch the action as it happens!

U.S. Clears Way for First Commercial Lunar Flight

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

TransOrbital, Inc. has become the first private company in the history of space flight to win approval from the U.S. government to explore, photograph, and land on the moon. The company expects to launch its Trailblazer Mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan within the next 9-12 months. Once launched, the Trailblazer will provide stunning, high-definition (HDTV) video and maps of the lunar surface (at 1 meter resolution), as well as new images of earth-rises over lunar craters. The mission will culminate with the delivery of a time capsule containing personal cargo from Earth (such as messages and photographs), and a final "barnstorming" video as the probe impacts the lunar service. The media collected during the mission will provide TransOrbital with an array of content vital to future scientific and exploratory endeavors, as well as educational and entertainment uses.

More: TransOrbital, Inc. Press Release - Landmark Decision Clears Way For First Commercial Lunar Flight

More: Discovery Channel - First Commercial Moon Mission

Link: TransOrbital, Inc.


Shuttle Launch

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

STS-111 launched Wednesday 5 June 2002 after delays caused by a weather and a faulty valve on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. STS-111 is the 14th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Endeavour will carry the Expedition Five crew to the station and return the Expedition Four crew to Earth. Also, riding in Endeavour is the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which contains science equipment and supplies for the station...

More: NASA Human Spaceflight - Space Shuttle

More: NASA KSC Countdown Online - Kennedy Space Center is offering enhanced web coverage of the STS-111 mission

Shuttle Launch

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled April 8 to launch the STS-110 flight to the International Space Station. Four space walks are scheduled during the mission.

More: NASA Human Spaceflight - Space Shuttle

More: NASA KSC - Kennedy Space Center is offering enhanced web coverage of the STS-110 mission


Columbia Crew on Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Columbia astronauts went on the first of first of five space walks early Sunday morning to perform a series of upgrades and repairs, including replacing the telescopes solar arrays...

More: NASA - STS-109 Columbia HST Mission -- includes link to NASA TV mission coverage... watch the action unfold as it happens!

More: NASA Human Spaceflight - Space Shuttle