Space Shuttle

NASA tests metal ballista, space harpoon for Comet Nucleus mission

NASA tests metal ballista, space harpoon for Comet Nucleus mission

This week the coolest team of space explorers on the planet at NASA have announced their next raging action and adventure television episode called "Space Harpoons!" - or that's what you might think if you'd not read too deeply into their press release which details not only "The Comet Nucleus Sample Return Mission," but both the fantastically powerful metal ballista and space harpoon they're currently testing out for it. Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. are currently in early stages of testing a harpoon of epic proportions, able to collect samples of materials from the surface layers of a comet. What they're currently testing out is how hard their six foot tall crossbow will have to fire a harpoon with its 1/2 inch thick bow string to blast through enough layers of rock on the surface of the space bodies it intends to study.

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Lego Minifigs to Accompany Juno Space Probe Mission

Lego Minifigs to Accompany Juno Space Probe Mission

Launching this Friday will be NASA's Atlas V rocket containing not only its most important piece of equipment, the Juno space probe, but three little Lego minifigs as well. Included in this mission will be Lego likenesses of Italian astronomer Galileo, Roman god Jupiter, and Jupiter's sister Juno, these toys soon to be the furthest flung toys in history. The rocket will be heading to Jupiter on a five-year trip that will be a joint mission between NASA and Lego, each of the special minifigs affixed to the spacecraft for a (hopefully) safe journey all the way.

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Space Shuttle Columbia part found in drought parched lake in East Texas

Space Shuttle Columbia part found in drought parched lake in East Texas

There are few key moments in life that I will always remember. Things like the birth of my kids, my wedding day, and a few others. Some of the days I will never forget aren’t good things though. I will always remember where I was when the Space shuttle Challenger blew up and I will always remember where I was when the Columbia blew up. In fact, I live in the area of East Texas where much of the debris from the shuttle was found.

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Space Shuttle crew gets midnight wakeup over computer failure

Space Shuttle crew gets midnight wakeup over computer failure

Of the wake-up calls you might want to get while on the Space Shuttle, an equipment failure alarm is probably not high on the list. Unfortunately that's just what happened to the Atlantis crew earlier today, when a General Purpose Computer failed and roused them from their slumbers with its needy alarm. Happily backup systems were quickly slotted into place, and the crew grabbed a little extra shut-eye before being roused a few hours later by the dulcet tones of Sir Paul McCartney.

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Postage Stamp Size Satellites Launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

Postage Stamp Size Satellites Launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour launched today, on its last mission and the second to last mission of the Space Shuttle program. On board this time were three postage-stamp sized mini satellites. These tiny satellites will be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station, and will perform the same mission that the Russian Sputnik spacecraft did in 1957. They will monitor space conditions and broadcast them back to Earth.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off in successful launch [Update]

Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off in successful launch [Update]

Having seen its late April launch scrubbed over a power unit problem, the Space Shuttle Endeavour has finally taken off today, taking six astronauts from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, up to the International Space Station. The team will arrive there on Wednesday, two days into a 16-day mission to deliver a Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) as well as various spare parts and scientific components, and perform experiments in low-gravity.

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