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two generations of reusable space planes came face to face — or nose to tail, rather — over the weekend. on sunday (may 7), the u.s. air force's robotic x-37b space plane landed at nasa's kennedy space center (ksc) in florida, wrapping up a mission that lasted an unprecedented 718 days. as the x-37b zoomed down the tarmac at ksc's shuttle landing facility (slf), it cruised past what appeared to be a nasa space shuttle. the juxtaposition was jarring for several reasons. first, the pairing shows just how small the x-37b is; it looks a toy next to the giant shuttle. (indeed, two x-37b vehicles could fit inside the space shuttle's payload bay.) [the x-37b's fourth mystery mission in photos]the u.s. air force's x-37b space plane (right, on runway) approaches inspiration, a full-size space shutt






'developing an icon': former space shuttle engineer details program in new tome


the history of nasa's space shuttle can be a weighty topic — literally. the three-volume "space shuttle: developing an icon, 1972-2013" tips the scale at 18 pounds.






tales from astronaut anna fisher, 1st mom in space


nasa astronaut anna lee fisher, the first mother in space, highlights what is was like to fly on the space shuttle discovery only months after giving birth to her first daughter. fisher was one of the first six female astronaut candidates selected for nasa's first class of space shuttle astronauts in january 1978. she later flew as a mission specialist on the second flight of the space shuttle discovery, sts-51a, in november 1984. "i was assigned to my flight two weeks before i delivered my oldest daughter," fisher said in a nasa video here. "i remember i delivered kristin on a friday and i was at the monday morning eight o'clock meeting the following monday. [astronaut anna fisher's space career in photos]astronaut anna fisher poses in an apollo spacesuit next to a rack of other spacesuit






space shuttle crewmates foale and ochoa enter astronaut hall of fame


nearly 25 years after they flew into space together, michael foale and ellen ochoa entered the u.s. astronaut hall of fame on friday (may 19) as inductees. standing under the retired space shuttle atlantis, a vehicle on which they both flew missions, foale and ochoa were celebrated at the kennedy space center visitor complex in florida in front of an audience of their fellow astronauts, family members, friends and the general public. "i was so happy to hear he and i were going to be inducted together," said ochoa, referring to her 1993 space shuttle discovery crewmate foale. "he'd already had one mission and he passed along all kinds of helpful information that helped a rookie like me know where to focus and hopefully not be too surprised when the flight happened — because being surprised






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lego has a new space shuttle set for 2017 and it promises to be one any space fan can enjoy.






former space shuttle engineer details program in new tome


the history of the space shuttle, from its original proposal to its retirement after 30 years launching astronauts on 135 missions, can be a weighty topic. literally. tipping the scales at more than 18 pounds (8 kilograms), the new three-volume "space shuttle: developing an icon, 1972-2013" is author dennis jenkins' ultimate tome on the development, technology and flight campaign of the nasa reusable, winged launch vehicle. the comprehensive book includes 4,000 diagrams and photos, illustrating more than one million words. [nasa's space shuttle - from top to bottom (infographic)] "i think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from how we developed and operated the shuttle," said jenkins, who worked as an engineer and manager throughout the length of the shuttle program. "i wanted to wri






from the archives: downey space shuttle mockup displayed in 1975


north american rockwell built the shuttle mockup in 1972.  originally, it was used to win approval of the space shuttle program. in later years, it was used for hardware and software development.in a feb. 6, 1975, los angeles times article, aerospace writer marvin miles reported:new, compartmented spacecraft, designed to be repaired in orbit, promise important economic savings in america’s space shuttle program during the 1980s, the national aeronautics and space administration said wednesday.in a press briefing at the downey plant where rockwell international is developing the stub-winged shuttle that will launch like a rocket and land like a plane, nasa demonstrated the new concept, characterized as roadside maintenance.a simulated earth observation satellite, nestled in the payload bay






an imaginative aerospace engineer turned this classic lego space shuttle into a


gif as a follow-up to turning the classic lego solo trainer set into a fully-functional rc plane, aerospace engineer adam woodworth is back with an even more impressive build: he somehow made this tiny 27-year-old lego space shuttle actually fly.many of us probably remember set #1682, space shuttle launch, released way back in 1990. after all, it carried so many of our lego minifigures into imaginary orbit. adam rebuilds the entire set from scratch, but alas—he leaves out the details where he somehow managed to make the shuttle itself fly. looking at his instagram account, however, reveals that he most likely built a duplicate of the shuttle out of paper so that it was light enough to take off with just three tiny propellers on the underside.advertisement[youtube]check out these other amaz






soccer ball recovered from ill-fated shuttle challenger flown to space station


a soccer ball that was on the ill-fated launch of space shuttle challenger has made it into orbit 30 years later, thanks to the connection between one of the fallen astronauts and the current commander aboard the international space station.






in photos: nasa's historic launch pad 39a, from apollo to shuttle to spacex


launchpad 39a at nasa's kennedy space center in florida sent the first astronauts to the moon, supported dozens of space shuttle missions, and now serves as a commercial launch site. here are some of the most extraordinary photos from pad 39a.






astronaut anna fisher, first mom in space, retires from nasa after 39 years


houston — the last member of nasa's first group of space shuttle astronauts to still work for the agency has retired after more than three decades of service.anna lee fisher, who was recruited in 1978 as one of the united states' first six women astronauts and who became the first mother to fly into space, left nasa on friday (april 28), the space agency announced in a press release. "we appreciate all of the years that anna has dedicated to our space program," said chris cassidy, chief of nasa's astronaut office at the johnson space center in houston. "anna, and that first class of astronauts to include women, set the stage for decades of female astronauts after them." [record-breaking women in spaceflight history] a medical doctor and chemist who was selected with the eighth class of nas






astronaut anna fisher, first mom in space, retires from nasa after 39 years


houston — the last member of nasa's first group of space shuttle astronauts to still work for the agency has retired after more than three decades of service.anna lee fisher, who was recruited in 1978 as one of the united states' first six women astronauts and who became the first mother to fly into space, left nasa on friday (april 28), the space agency announced in a press release. "we appreciate all of the years that anna has dedicated to our space program," said chris cassidy, chief of nasa's astronaut office at the johnson space center in houston. "anna, and that first class of astronauts to include women, set the stage for decades of female astronauts after them." [record-breaking women in spaceflight history] a medical doctor and chemist who was selected with the eighth class of nas






an imaginative aerospace engineer turned this classic lego space shuttle into a


gif as a follow-up to turning the classic lego solo trainer set into a fully-functional rc plane, aerospace engineer adam woodworth is back with an even more impressive build: he somehow made this tiny 27-year-old lego space shuttle actually fly.many of us probably remember set #1682, space shuttle launch, released way back in 1990. after all, it carried so many of our lego minifigures into imaginary orbit. adam rebuilds the entire set from scratch, but alas—he leaves out the details where he somehow managed to make the shuttle itself fly. looking at his instagram account, however, reveals that he most likely built a duplicate of the shuttle out of paper so that it was light enough to take off with just three tiny propellers on the underside.advertisementupdate, 10:09 a.m. est/edt: accordi






john glenn honored with launch of space station supply ship


cape canaveral, fla. — john glenn's trailblazing legacy took flight tuesday as a cargo ship bearing his name rocketed toward the international space station.an atlas rocket provided the late morning lift to orbit, just as it did for glenn 55 years ago.the commercial cargo ship, dubbed the s.s. john glenn, holds nearly 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the space station. it's due there saturday, two days after the arrival of two fresh astronauts.nasa's shipper, orbital atk, asked glenn's widow, annie, for permission to use his name for the spacecraft, following his december death.glenn, an original mercury 7 astronaut, became the first american to orbit the earth in 1962. he launched again in 1998 aboard shuttle discovery at age 77, the oldest person ever in






lego has a new space shuttle set for 2017 and it looks awesome


new york — lego has a new space shuttle set for 2017 and it promises to be one any space fan can enjoy. we got a close-up first look at the new lego creator space shuttle explorer 3-in-1 set at the new york toy fair 2017 saturday (feb. 18). it's a 285-piece set under lego's creator line, which encourages creativity through multiple builds. it will be available this summer for $29.99. the main build is the shuttle itself, which has the hallmark features of past lego shuttles, such as payload bay doors that open, a robotic arm and a satellite to move around. it also includes one minifigure (an astronaut, of course) equipped with what looks like jetpack similar to the manned maneuvering unit used by nasa astronaut bruce mccandless during a real-life shuttle flight in 1984. [lego & space






trump's call for human space exploration is hugely wasteful and pointless


as physicist steven weinberg observed more than a decade ago, placing humans on a space mission makes it so much more expensive than an unmanned flight that some elements of the mission get jettisoned — and those are almost always scientific projects. the public obviously considers the human participants to be indispensable, so much so that a loss of life can almost destroy a space program, as happened with the space shuttle program after two human catastrophes. accordingly, protecting human lives and health becomes paramount; the cost of those arrangements will be much greater on a mars flight, which is estimated to take as long as nine months.weinberg makes short work of the best example made for the necessity of humans in spaceflight. this is the series of repair missions on the hubble






air force's x-37b space plane lands in florida after record-breaking secret miss


the record-shattering mission of the u.s. air force's robotic x-37b space plane is finally over. after circling earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the x-37b touched down sunday (may 7) at the shuttle landing facility at nasa's kennedy space center in florida — the first landing at the slf since the final space shuttle mission came back to earth in july 2011. "today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th space wing as we continue to break barriers," air force brig. gen. wayne monteith, the 45th sw commander, said in a statement. "our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and i am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today's safe and successful landing of the x-37b." [the mysterious x-37b space plane: 6 surprising facts]the u.s. air fo






newly declassified document about spy satellites on the space shuttle leaves the


the space shuttle orbiter columbia sits outside the orbiter processing facility bay 1 on april 15, 1999 (photo by nasa)what’s the first thing you think about when you think of nasa’s space shuttle program? sally ride? spinning in microgravity? the challenger explosion? that episode of the simpsons? you might not think about the us military and intelligence community launching spy satellites, but you should. nasa’s shuttles were designed specifically to carry us spy satellites to orbit. and we got our hands on a newly declassified document about the top secret plans.advertisementbefore you get too excited, all the juiciest bits are redacted. i filed a freedom of information act (foia) request for the document with the national reconnaissance office (nro), and it leaves way more questions th






tornado destroys first nasa space shuttle external tank to stand on launch pad


the first space shuttle external tank to stand on a launch pad was destroyed by a tornado that hit the new orleans facility where it was built 40 years ago.






canada post reveals stamp for canadarm space shuttle robotic arm


more than three and a half decades after it first reached out into space, the canadarm is set to extend its legacy by appearing on a new postage stamp. canada post, canada's postal service, revealed the new maple leaf-shaped stamp at a ceremony held at the glen ames senior public school in toronto on april 28. deepak chopra, canada post's president and ceo, was joined by canadian space agency astronaut jeremy hansen for the stamp's unveiling. "our stamps tell the story of canada, its people, and our country's accomplishments — both on earth and beyond," said chopra. [photos: space age postage stamps through history] according to canada post, the canadarm postage stamp commemorates canada's achievements in space, science, technology and innovation. first tested in orbit on nov. 13, 1981, du






john glenn honored with launch of space station supply ship


cape canaveral, fla. — john glenn's trailblazing legacy took flight tuesday as a cargo ship bearing his name rocketed toward the international space station.an atlas rocket provided the late morning lift to orbit, just as it did for glenn 55 years ago.the commercial cargo ship, dubbed the s.s. john glenn, holds nearly 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the space station. it's due there saturday, two days after the arrival of two fresh astronauts.nasa's shipper, orbital atk, asked glenn's widow, annie, for permission to use his name for the spacecraft, following his december death.glenn, an original mercury 7 astronaut, became the first american to orbit the earth in 1962. he launched again in 1998 aboard shuttle discovery at age 77, the oldest person ever in






john glenn honored with launch of space station supply ship


cape canaveral, fla. — john glenn's trailblazing legacy took flight tuesday as a cargo ship bearing his name rocketed toward the international space station.an atlas rocket provided the late morning lift to orbit, just as it did for glenn 55 years ago.the commercial cargo ship, dubbed the s.s. john glenn, holds nearly 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the space station. it's due there saturday, two days after the arrival of two fresh astronauts.nasa's shipper, orbital atk, asked glenn's widow, annie, for permission to use his name for the spacecraft, following his december death.glenn, an original mercury 7 astronaut, became the first american to orbit the earth in 1962. he launched again in 1998 aboard shuttle discovery at age 77, the oldest person ever in






cargo ship named for late mercury astronaut


the next u.s. commercial spacecraft to resupply the international space station will launch under the name of the first american to orbit earth, lifting off atop a modern version of the rocket on which he made history. orbital atk on thursday (march 9) revealed it has named its seventh station-bound cygnus cargo freighter the "s.s. john glenn," posthumously honoring the original mercury astronaut and u.s. senator. "glenn paved the way for america's space program, from moon missions, to the space shuttle and the international space station. his commitment to america's human space flight program and his distinguished military and political career make him an ideal honoree," orbital atk said in a statement. [watch john glenn's historic friendship 7 launch (video)] glenn, who died in december






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air force's x-37b space plane lands in florida after record-breaking secret miss


the record-shattering mission of the u.s. air force's robotic x-37b space plane is finally over. after circling earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the x-37b touched down sunday (may 7) at the shuttle landing facility at nasa's kennedy space center in florida — the first landing at the slf since the final space shuttle mission came back to earth in july 2011. "today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th space wing as we continue to break barriers," air force brig. gen. wayne monteith, the 45th sw commander, said in a statement. "our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and i am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today's safe and successful landing of the x-37b." [the mysterious x-37b space plane: 6 surprising facts]the u.s. air fo






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air force's x-37b space plane lands in florida after record-breaking secret miss


the record-shattering mission of the u.s. air force's robotic x-37b space plane is finally over. after circling earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the x-37b touched down sunday (may 7) at the shuttle landing facility at nasa's kennedy space center in florida — the first landing at the slf since the final space shuttle mission came back to earth in july 2011. the landing occurred at 7:47 a.m. edt (1147 gmt). "today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th space wing as we continue to break barriers," air force brig. gen. wayne monteith, the 45th sw commander, said in a statement. "our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and i am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today's safe and successful landing of the x-37b." [the mysterious x-3






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it’s no secret that a sonic boom rattled central florida early sunday morning. what caused it was a nearly 2-year-old secret military space mission that ended at kennedy space center.the u.s. air force confirmed that its x-37b unmanned mini space shuttle landed at ksc after spending 718 days in orbit. the spacecraft lifted off from cape canaveral air force station atop a united launch alliance atlas v rocket on may 20, 2015.what it has been doing circling the planet all this time is the secret part that military officials won’t discuss, though many experts believe it has intelligence-gathering equipment. what the military did confirm in a news release is that mini shuttle is “an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for






supply ship named for john glenn arrives at space station


a supply ship bearing john glenn's name arrived at the international space station on saturday. astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles above germany. nasa's commercial shipper, orbital atk, named the spacecraft the s.s. john glenn in honor of the first american to orbit earth. it rocketed from cape canaveral, fla., on tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods. glenn died in december at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at arlington national cemetery. his widow, annie, granted permission for orbital atk to use his name for the cygnus spacecraft. the company, in fact, sent up some memorabilia for the glenn family. glenn made history in 1962 when he soared into orbit aboard friendship 7, his one-man mercu






supply ship named for john glenn arrives at space station


cape canaveral, fla. — a supply ship bearing john glenn's name arrived at the international space station on saturday.astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above germany.nasa's commercial shipper, orbital atk, named the spacecraft the s.s. john glenn in honor of the first american to orbit earth. it rocketed from cape canaveral, florida, on tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods.glenn died in december at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at arlington national cemetery. his widow, annie, granted permission for orbital atk to use his name for the cygnus spacecraft. the company, in fact, sent up some memorabilia for the glenn family.glenn made history in 1962 when he soared into orbit






supply ship named for john glenn arrives at space station


cape canaveral, fla. — a supply ship bearing john glenn's name arrived at the international space station on saturday.astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above germany.nasa's commercial shipper, orbital atk, named the spacecraft the s.s. john glenn in honor of the first american to orbit earth. it rocketed from cape canaveral, florida, on tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods.glenn died in december at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at arlington national cemetery. his widow, annie, granted permission for orbital atk to use his name for the cygnus spacecraft. the company, in fact, sent up some memorabilia for the glenn family.glenn made history in 1962 when he soared into orbit






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first mom in space! anna fisher tells her amazing nasa story


by steve spaleta | may 12, 2017 06:56pm et recently retired nasa astronaut anna lee fisher was part of the first space shuttle astronaut class. in 1984 she became the first mother to launch into space on the sts-51-a mission. credit : nasa johnson space center






first mom in space! anna fisher tells her amazing nasa story


by steve spaleta | may 14, 2017 07:30am et recently retired nasa astronaut anna lee fisher was part of the first space shuttle astronaut class. in 1984 she became the first mother to launch into space on the sts-51-a mission. credit : nasa johnson space center






unmanned military space plane touches down after two-year secret mission


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rescued yorkies now up to 123


an elderly couple said to have hoarded 92 yorkies in a feces-filled home in poway actually had 31 more dogs hidden off-site, the san diego humane society said friday. the little dogs were found at a different poway location on tuesday evening and taken into custody, spokeswoman kelli schry said. that increases the total number of dogs turned over by the couple to 123 — 114 dogs and nine puppies. already, more than 200 peole have reached out to the humane society via facebook or email to express interest in adopting the animals, schry said., but that doesn’t put them on any kind of list for consideration. updates on when the animals will be available for adoption, as well as how to apply, will be posted on the humane society’s website. schry suggested that people sign up for the society’s e