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NASA takes delivery of 100th space shuttle external tank
It's been the backbone of the Space Shuttle for 18 years, and now the 100th Space Shuttle External Tank has been delivered to NASA. (1999-08-16)

Sverdrup Technology selected for Marshall Center contract
Sverdrup Technology, Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., has been selected to provide engineering, science and technical services at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (2000-10-05)

UAB space freezers deemed a success
Just as the first GLACIER is about to return to Earth with its science cargo, a second freezer will be installed in its place on the International Space Station. The freezers are part of a NASA contract awarded to UAB in 2005. (2009-03-16)

First Flight Of New Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Set Next Week
A new Space Shuttle fuel tank developed to launch the International Space Station is scheduled for its maiden flight next week on the final U.S. mission to dock with Russia's Mir Space Station. (1998-05-28)

Goddard team develops new carriers for space station
In a partnership that exemplifies One NASA, engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., teamed up with engineers at NASA's Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers to design, build, and test five new ExPRESS Logistics Carriers, or ELCs, which will be delivered to the International Space Station. (2009-11-13)

NASA Completes Purchase Of Material For 60 Shuttle External Tanks
NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed negotiations on a $625.6 million dollar contract for 60 new lightweight Shuttle external tanks. (1999-04-28)

NIST shielding data help launch shuttle
As the National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans for the next launch of the space shuttle, a critical aspect of the program's safety is being assured by 5 million pieces of data collected recently by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. During the launch of Discovery in July, NASA used radar to track debris during ascent and the agency considered the NIST data on the performance of the orbiter's electromagnetic shielding vital to the resumption of Shuttle flights. (2005-09-12)

New main engine promises even safer shuttle ride
The next Space Shuttle crew can expect an even safer ride into orbit, thanks to the completion of a new Space Shuttle Main Engine. Workers installed one of the new engines, called the Block II configuration, on Space Shuttle Atlantis, April 24, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.Atlantis' first flight using the new engine is targeted for no earlier than June 14 on mission STS-104 to the International Space Station. (2001-04-25)

Chandra x-ray observatory status update 6/18
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is being installed in its transportation canister today, for transfer from the Vertical Processing Facility to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., early next week. (1999-06-18)

NIST miniature refrigerator flies aboard current shuttle mission
The smallest cryocooler (a gaseous refrigeration device with no moving parts) in the world is in the (2001-12-07)

NRL researchers observe bright arctic clouds formed by exhaust from final space shuttle launch
Naval Research Laboratory scientist Dr. Michael Stevens is leading an international consortium of scientists in tracking the rapid transport of the exhaust plume from the final launch of the space shuttle in July 2011. The team has found that the plume moved quickly to the Arctic, forming unusually bright polar mesospheric clouds there a day after launch. (2012-08-28)

18th International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium
The 18th International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium, hosted by the University of Houston and NASA, comes to Houston's Westin Galleria Hotel, April 11-15 to consider (2011-04-04)

UI experiment to fly aboard space shuttle
When the Space Shuttle Columbia begins its scheduled five-day mission on July 19, it will carry a University of Iowa oxygen sensing system that may enable researchers to accurately monitor and study human cell growth and metabolism in space. (1999-07-16)

Space plays havoc with your immune system
The stress of spaceflight weakens astronauts' immunity and increases the risk of passing infections to one another. A study by NASA found that levels of Epstein-Barr virus in saliva increased dramatically while astronauts were in space, compared to before or after space missions. (1999-06-09)

Nespoli focuses on complex mission
Later this year ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will serve as Mission Specialist on the STS-120 mission to the International Space Station. Together with the rest of the Shuttle crew, Nespoli is training intensively ahead of this complex ISS assembly mission. (2007-03-15)

The astronaut's cookbook
Most people are intimately familiar with the awe-inspiring photos of space shuttle launches or images of the Earth from the International Space Station. But how many have thought about what astronauts eat when they're living on the International Space Station? Now, a truly unique book, (2009-11-13)

Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center
Space Shuttle Discovery successfully landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 15:14 CEST (13:14 UT) today. Discovery returned with one crewmember less than at the start of the STS-121 mission -- ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter will remain on board the International Space Station (ISS) for six months for the Astrolab Mission. (2006-07-17)

NASA team wins national space award
A NASA team has won a national space award for its work to lighten the weight of the space shuttle's external fuel tank. (1999-12-15)

19th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology
Hundreds of researchers will gather in Huntsville, Ala., on Nov. 13-16 at the 19th annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology to discuss how gravity affects every aspect of life. (2003-11-07)

Atlantis readies for Columbus mission
More than 500 years ago, the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the New World and the discoveries he made caused quite a stir throughout Europe. Today, excitement is building on both sides of the Atlantic as the long-awaited launch of ESA's Columbus space laboratory grows closer, as NASA starts processing Shuttle Atlantis in preparation for the mission. (2007-07-13)

Fruit flies aboard space shuttle subjects of UCF, UC Davis study on immunity and space
Fruit flies that traveled on the shuttle and others kept in a laboratory will be exposed to bacteria and fungi in post-landing tests by UCF and UC Davis researchers. The experiment will help scientists determine how prolonged space flight affects the immune system. NASA's goal is to find out how extended stays in space, such as a trip to Mars, could affect the health of astronauts. (2006-06-27)

Naval Research Laboratory's ANDE-2 deployed from Space Shuttle Endeavour
The Naval Research Laboratory's satellite suite, the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment 2 (ANDE-2), was deployed from NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour on July 30, 2009. (2009-08-05)

New Hubble Servicing Mission to upgrade instruments
After more than a decade of fascinating discoveries, the Hubble Space Telescope will soon be given the new beginning that it deserves. Today, NASA has decided to approve a Space Shuttle mission to repair and upgrade the observatory, despite new Shuttle safety rules formulated after the Columbia disaster that would normally rule out such a rescue mission. (2006-10-31)

Space Shuttle Flies Solar Instrument Developed At NCAR
The space shuttle Discovery, scheduled for takeoff Thursday, October 29, is carrying a white light coronograph (WLC), an instrument for studying the sun's corona, developed at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. With the WLC, researchers have a tool to determine densities of the corona. (1998-10-28)

ISS heads of agency meet at Kennedy Space Center
The heads of space agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 2 March 2006, to review International Space Station (ISS) cooperation and endorse a revision to the ISS configuration and assembly sequence. (2006-03-03)

Space shuttle carrying ND experiments to space station
The Space shuttle is carrying with it a Notre Dame experiment designed to isolate how each component of the low-earth orbit environment contributes to the overall degradation each material specimen. The results will help guide the development of next-generation satellite materials that will be durable in space. (2008-03-14)

COBRA engine, an option for Space Launch Initiative propulsion, completes milestone review
COBRA, one of the engines being considered for the next generation reusable launch vehicle, has recently completed its preliminary design review for NASA's Space Launch Initiative - a technology development effort to establish reliable, affordable space access. (2002-06-14)

Second flight for ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang
ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang from Sweden has been assigned as a mission specialist onboard the 11-day STS-128 mission, currently scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station on July 30, 2009. (2008-07-17)

NIST assists NASA in Columbia accident investigation
NIST has provided significant assistance to NASA in its investigation of the space shuttle Columbia disaster on Feb. 1, 2003. NASA has drawn upon NIST's expertise in cold temperature research for data on the properties of liquid and solid nitrogen and for measurements of thermal conductivity in foam insulation. (2003-05-28)

Don't get sick on a space shuttle
As if an astronaut's life wasn't already filled with risks, two recent studies show that, in the event of an accident in space, the use of emergency medicine may put injured astronauts in even greater danger. (2000-04-25)

NASA asks Lehigh engineering students to analyze debris from failed Columbia shuttle
Seniors seek to determine how materials behave in the intense conditions of atmospheric re-entry, and why, during launch, pieces of insulating foam broke away from fuel tank. Seven astronauts were killed on Feb. 1, 2003, when the Columbia exploded over the southern United States. (2005-01-28)

New Way To Make Astronauts Sleep
Astronauts seem to sleep best when covered in electrodes, according to the latest research into orbital insomnia. A researcher in Boston found that covering astronauts in monitoring equipment made them sleep better than when taking NASA's usual remedy for insomnia, the hormone melatonin. (1999-04-21)

Compact research freezers to debut in space
A pair of Endeavour-carried cryogenic freezers will boost the biological research capacity of the shuttle program and the International Space Station. Capable of minus 160 degrees Celsius, the small, portable GLACIER units can hold laboratory trays, test tubes and various research containers used in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and other space-based experiments. (2008-11-13)

First student-developed mission in which satellites orbit and communicate led by UT students
Two satellites designed and constructed by students at the Cockrell School of Engineering successfully separated in space March 22, completing the most crucial goal of the mission since its Nov. 19 launch and making them the first student-developed mission in the world in which satellites orbit and communicate with each other in real-time. (2011-03-24)

Space station's 'Doorway to the Infinite' to depart NASA Marshall Sept. 13, bound for Florida
The International Space Station's Joint Airlock Module -- the gateway by which crewmembers will enter and exit the 470-ton orbiting research facility -- will leave the Marshall Center, bound for Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Sept. 13. (2000-09-07)

ESA payloads feature on Space Shuttle research mission
European scientists will be 'turning off' the effects of gravity during the STS-107 Space Shuttle research mission this month in order to gain a better understanding of processes in medicine, technology and science. (2003-01-16)

ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter reports for duty onboard the ISS
Thanks to the resumption of Space Shuttle flights, the permanent crew of the International Space Station is now back up to three. Joining Russian commander Pavel Vinogradov and NASA flight engineer Jeffrey Williams onboard is ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter. (2006-07-07)

NASA to upgrade vital communications link
Technicians and engineers are completing final system checks and spacecraft inspections on the first of NASA's third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS). Boeing Space Systems will ship TDRS-K from its satellite assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif., to Cape Canaveral, Fla., in November. The December launch of TDRS-K will be aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. (2012-10-05)

New Hubble Servicing Mission to upgrade instruments
After more than a decade of fascinating discoveries, the Hubble Space Telescope will soon be given the new beginning it deserves. Today, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has given the green light for a shuttle mission to repair and upgrade the permanent space-based observatory. (2006-10-31)

Into space on thin air
A revolutionary new way of fuelling a space shuttle could one day make space tourism cheaper - and even safe enough to fly from commercial airports. A Californian aerospace company proposes to harvest liquid oxygen from the atmosphere, which would then be used to blast a space orbiter into space. (2001-02-13)

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