Space Shuttle

South LA residents mourn timber cut to clear space shuttle fly-by

South LA residents mourn timber cut to clear space shuttle fly-by

We all know that the space shuttle fleet has been retired and the remaining space shuttles are making their way to various museums around the country where they will be displayed for posterity. Space shuttle Endeavour is making its way to the California Science Center soon. People in Los Angeles were excited until they learned recently that for the space shuttle to make it down some LA streets, trees had to fall.

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Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Cutting-edge technology has a way of aging and trickling down into consumer products. This is particularly true in technology and materials intended for space travel. Ford has announced that it is using a superalloy that was developed for space shuttle engines in the turbocharger for its 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in some applications. The super alloy allows the turbocharger to last significantly longer than using normal metal alone.

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China’s first female astronaut heads to space

China’s first female astronaut heads to space

This week marks the first in which China will have sent a woman to space - in this case to the temporary space station Tiangong 1. This space module is approximately the size of a city bus and is currently floating 200 miles above the Earth, with astronaut Liu Yang aboard it. She was joined by two male astronauts and traveled to the space station in the spacecraft Shenzhou 9 this weekend. Yang is a 34-year old air force pilot and will be working with her co-pilots to monitor the life support systems of the Tiangong 1 module for 10 days.

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Enterprise space shuttle will be late to New York City

Enterprise space shuttle will be late to New York City

New York City is the kind of place where everyone likes to be fashionably late. And for the arrival of the city's first space shuttle museum exhibition, it looks like Enterprise will be no exception. The vehicle will not make it to the Big Apple as previously scheduled, because the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said there were unfavorable weather forecasts.

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Space Shuttle Discovery up close and personal

Space Shuttle Discovery up close and personal

This week marked the arrival of the space shuttle discovery at its final destination. Discovery is now parked in its hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, never to fly again. I've rarely seen close-up images of the space shuttle that show its true condition. From afar, it looks white and mostly clean. Like many, I have generally presumed the marks on the spacecraft are cleaned up after each mission.

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Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

The space shuttle Discovery has finally come to rest in what may be the last location it ever travels to - the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in northern Virginia. This shuttle has been covered by the news so many times in the past week that it's quite unlikely that you've not already seen it in one way or another - likely on the gigantic Boeing 747 that carried it on its back across the country. This shuttle is known as the world's most traveled spaceship and will essentially represent NASA's 30-year space shuttle program as it sits in its show space near the Dulles International Airport for the foreseeable future.

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Space shuttle Discovery hitches its last ride on a jumbo jet

Space shuttle Discovery hitches its last ride on a jumbo jet

For decades, the space shuttles have hitched a ride atop a specially equipped Boeing 747 when they needed to be moved between facilities. The image of the space shuttle sitting atop the 747 is one that has fascinated many fans of space since the shuttle program launched. Space shuttle Discovery has been attached to the top of NASA's 747 for the last time at Kennedy Space Center.

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Space shuttle Endeavor flight deck is festooned with buttons

Space shuttle Endeavor flight deck is festooned with buttons

The flight deck of NASA's now retired space shuttle Endeavor is certainly not the place for a pushbutton Bobby. The buttons you see in this picture are a small part of the switches, toggles, blinking buttons on the flight deck of the retired shuttle. I don't see how the flight crew would keep track of all those buttons and what they do. I have a hard time remembering what key on my keyboard I bound a macro to.

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NASA 911 Boeing 747 space shuttle hauler flies for the last time

NASA 911 Boeing 747 space shuttle hauler flies for the last time

I'm still more than a little sad that NASA retired the space shuttle fleet. The space shuttles were a source of endless wonder for millions of space geeks around the world for decades. One of the coolest things that NASA had to do with the space shuttle was to ferry the spacecraft from the landing site back to the launch site attached to the back of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

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