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Space shuttle Endeavour to fly over California this morning

Space shuttle Endeavour to fly over California this morning

If you want to take full advantage of the last chance you'll ever get to see the space shuttle Endeavour in-flight you'll need to wake up and get going a bit early this morning. Californians in the Los Angeles basin and San Francisco area will need to be out looking for the space shuttle and its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at about 8:15 AM PDT.

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Space shuttle runway pocked with historical markers

Space shuttle runway pocked with historical markers

For years, the massive runway at Kennedy Space Center was where the space shuttle fleet landed after they completed their missions into space. Black granite plaques are now present on the runway that mark the spots where the shuttles stopped on their last missions. The plaque in the photo below is for the Discovery mission STS-133.

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Discovery completes its final flight

Discovery completes its final flight

If you've been following the plight of the space shuttle discovery since it landed after its final mission, you know that Discovery is destined for the National Air and Space Museum. Earlier this week, NASA was loading Discovery on the back of its 747 transport aircraft for its final flight. That loading had to be postponed for a day due to high winds.

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International Space Station to get watery grave in 2020

International Space Station to get watery grave in 2020

Better book your space holiday fast if you were hoping to spend a romantic weekend at the International Space Station. After 2020, when the ISS is decommissioned, it will be purposefully dumped into the ocean so as to avoid becoming another piece of potentially dangerous "space trash." Such a chunk of abandoned detritus almost collided with the ISS itself last month, forcing crew to pre-emptively climb aboard their escape craft.

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Panasonic gives NASA AG-3DA1 3D camcorder and shoots it into space on final shuttle mission

Panasonic gives NASA AG-3DA1 3D camcorder and shoots it into space on final shuttle mission

Panasonic has announced that it has given NASA some hardware to take to the ISS aboard the final space shuttle mission with Atlantis that launched last Friday. Panasonic sent one of its new and cool full 3D AG-3DA1 camcorders along with a BT-3DL2550 25.5-inch 3D LCD and a rugged Toughbook notebook computer to NASA. That gear was used to document the training and preparation leading to the final shuttle mission. Only the 3DA1 camcorder made the trip into space.

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SlashGear 101: Spaceflight

SlashGear 101: Spaceflight

It's said that what's so amazing about spaceflight is that how fast man has accomplished it. It took less than 60 years from the time that the Wright Brothers stretched their wings at Kitty Hawk to when Yuri Gregarin became the first man to orbit the earth. Less than nine years after that, Neil Armstrong to that one small step, putting man on the moon by the end of the decade. Since then, manned space flight has be confined to low earth orbit, but man has reached far outside it's solar system with various unmanned probes which have reached the boundaries of interstellar space. So what is spaceflight, how risky is it and is it worth the billions spent every year by taxpayers? This SlashGear 101 will answer some of those questions.

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NASA finds more cracks in Discovery fuel tanks, launch still on track

NASA finds more cracks in Discovery fuel tanks, launch still on track

The space shuttle Discovery sits at Kennedy Space Center waiting for repairs to be made to its fuel tanks after a crack in the foam insulation around the tank was discovered and a subsequent investigation found cracks in some support structures on the fuel tank. A piece of foam falling from the tank is what contributed to the fatal accident when the Columbia broke up while reentering the atmosphere in 2003 killing all seven astronauts onboard the spacecraft.

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PlayStation Home adds Trophies this week (but still no PS4 access)

PlayStation Home adds Trophies this week (but still no PS4 access)

Sony will update PlayStation Home with much-anticipated trophies on Wednesday, its been confirmed, though there's still no word on whether the virtual world for PS3 gamers will ever make it to the PlayStation 4. Launched all the way back in December 2008, PlayStation Home resembles Second Life and gave each PS3 owner a customizable avatar and a personal "apartment" in which they can live and decorate, as well as public spaces that could be themed around events, specific games, and more.

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Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite to fall back to Earth Friday after 20-years in orbit

Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite to fall back to Earth Friday after 20-years in orbit

Back in 1992, NASA crammed the gigantic bus-sized Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) into the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-48. The UARS weighs in at 6.5 tons and was used to study the atmosphere to determine the chemical compounds in the upper atmosphere and how they contribute to the climate around the globe. The satellite was decommissioned back in 2005 and NASA ordered the satellite to fire its thrusters and put the UARS on path to plummet to a fiery death on its descent into the atmosphere.

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Mars rock appears out of seemingly nowhere in Opportunity rover image

Mars rock appears out of seemingly nowhere in Opportunity rover image

A few NASA rovers have been working their way through the Red Planet, each working to expand scientists' knowledge of Mars and its history. As part of this, large quantities of images are taken and shuttled back to Earth, where researchers analyze them. Recently, the rover Opportunity sent back two images of the same area that had one surprising difference: the sudden appearance of a rock that hadn't been there shortly before.

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