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Nasa is set to dispatch seven astronauts on its most dangerous ever shuttle mission as it attempts to rescue the $7 billion Hubble Space Telescope from meltdown.
Led by former US Navy fighter pilot Scott Altman, 49, a one-time stunt flier for actor Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun, the crew of Atlantis will repair and upgrade the orbiting observatory, risking a potentially deadly space-junk collision that could leave them stranded 350 miles above Earth.
The mission, which is costing Nasa $1.4 billion and is due to blast off from Florida tomorrow, is considered so perilous that it was once canceled by space agency chiefs who feared that it could cost the astronauts their lives.
It was resurrected only after they agreed to place a second shuttle and crew on emergency standby, ready to blast into space to save their colleagues should a catastrophe occur. The move is unprecedented in the 28-year history of the shuttle fleet.
Should a rescue become necessary, it would provide the greatest space drama since the abortive Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, say Nasa insiders, when three astronauts limped their crippled spacecraft home just hours from death, following an on-board explosion.
Among the greatest hazards facing Atlantis is the intense amount of space junk - such as broken satellites and dead rockets - that is cluttering the area where the shuttle will rendezvous with Hubble.
Shuttle flights usually only go to the International Space Station no more than 250 miles up - but at 350 miles, where Hubble flies, the hazards are far greater.
If Atlantis suffers damage, the crew would be marooned.Nasa is set to dispatch seven astronauts on its most dangerous ever shuttle mission as... more
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After 5 years of research, planetary scientists are finally confident that they have detected methane on Mars. They discovered plumes of methane emanating from 3 specific regions of Mars during summer. Sciencenow.com reports
On Earth, methane is a byproduct of living bacteria, but...(Continue Story: http://linkbee.com/LifeOnMars)YouTube Video Explaining Findings: http://linkbee.com/MarsYouTube After 5 years of... more
in my opinion, the Hubble SM4 has up to 50% of risks to FAIL, as explained in this article:
then, it should be deleted forever
.. in my opinion, the Hubble SM4 has up to 50% of risks to FAIL, as explained in... more
It's the third time in March that the space station was confronting a space junk. On March 12, Astronauts aboard the space station took emergent refuge in Russia's Soyuz capsule in case of a collision with a flying debris cloud. And last week, the space station almost had to dodge yet another piece of junk.It's the third time in March that the space station was confronting a space junk.... more
The Discovery Space Shuttle successfully launched into orbit last night with an unexpected passenger in one of its external fuel tanks... a fruit bat! NASA is characterizing the little stowaway "unexpected debris" as it's likely to have died during take off. Poor little bat.The Discovery Space Shuttle successfully launched into orbit last night with an... more
Seven astronauts raced to the international space station aboard the space shuttle Monday after a successful launch that was delayed five times and caused the mission to be shortened by a day.Seven astronauts raced to the international space station aboard the space shuttle... more
End of the shuttle era
The Soviet-era Buran space programme, mothballed 20 years ago, may be revived. With NASA about to retire its ageing fleet of space shuttles, there is a pressing need for viable space transport.
Two decades ago the Soviet space shuttle Buran blasted off on its first and only orbital flight. Just a few years later, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the programme was shelved.
After nearly a decade in a hangar, the only Buran that went into space was destroyed when a roof collapsed at Baikonur launch facility in 2002.
Although the Buran project ended prematurely, not all the ideas from it were left buried. Some of the technologies developed at the time are now used in everyday life. Fore example, several heat-resistant materials used to make deep-fryers are a direct result of the research done during Buran's development.
Buran technologies may make an unexpected return to the space industry as well.
Because NASA will soon retire its ageing space shuttle fleet, some American and Russian scientists are beginning to think of ways to revive the Buran programme.
It may be more economical than developing an entirely new spacecraft from scratch.The Soviet-era Buran space programme, mothballed 20 years ago, may be revived. With... more
The crew of the doomed shuttle Columbia was violently spun around in the cabin as the spacecraft disintegrated on reentry, according to NASA's final report on the 2003 tragedy that includes safety recommendations.
The 400-page report took four years to complete and its conclusions will be used in configuring the future Orion spacecraft that will eventually replace the US space agency's current fleet of three shuttles due to be retired in 2010.
In a highly detailed description of Columbia's final moments, the report said the seven astronauts were unaware their reentry was compromised. The pilot tried to take control of the shuttle ignoring that his efforts would be in vain, as Columbia exploded over Texas on February 1, 2003.
Things happened so fast that none of the crew, including an Israeli astronaut, were able to close the visor of their helmets -- one astronaut was not even wearing one, the report said.The crew of the doomed shuttle Columbia was violently spun around in the cabin as the... more
Some interesting facts about the space shuttle.
I would like to thank pokesmot for asking about the cost of a shuttle.
Q. How much does the Space Shuttle cost?
A. The Space Shuttle Endeavour, the orbiter built to replace the Space Shuttle Challenger, cost approximately $1.7 billion.http://library.thinkquest.org/29033/voyages/shuttle.jpg Some interesting facts about... more
If your organization has the right stuff, it could display one of the U.S. shuttles that NASA plans to retire from service in 2010.
The space agency sent a notice this week to museums, schools and similar institutions to gauge their interest and qualifications for properly housing Discovery, Atlantis or Endeavour.
The shuttles are to be retired by September 30, 2010, but they won't be available until about a year later, NASA spokesman Michael Curie said Thursday.
"These are national assets, national treasures and something that NASA feels the public would want to see displayed publicly for years to come," Curie said.
Space shuttle Discovery already has been offered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
"We have the information, and of course, we're thrilled to be considered for this artifact," said Claire Brown, director of communications for the museum. But no action has been taken at this point, and the institution doesn't have a plan for incurring the cost, she added.
The privilege of showing off a shuttle won't be cheap -- about $42 million.
Imagine having one of those in your backyard. It would be a great conversation starter...If your organization has the right stuff, it could display one of the U.S. shuttles... more
Want your very own authentic space shuttle?
Well, if you're part of the community of educational institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations; NASA just might have something for you after the shuttle program ends in 2010.
On Wednesday, the space agency issued a request for information (RFI) soliciting ideas for what to do with the shuttle orbiters and main engines once the program ends.
Sponsored by NASA's Office of Infrastructure, the RFI seeks input from appropriate officials and decision makers from museums, science centers, institutions, and other organizations dedicated to education or educational outreach with experience in public display of space hardware and nationally-recognized historical artifacts, NASA said in a release. NASA will use information gained from this RFI to develop strategies for eventual placement of two space shuttle orbiters and a minimum of six unassembled space shuttle main engine display & kits.
The agency said the purpose of the initiative is to decide whether institutions or other members of the community have the appropriate wherewithal to display a shuttle or engines, including the ability to fund such efforts.
Interested applicants have until March 17, 2009 to respond.
It's probably safe to say, however, that NASA doesn't intend for the recipients of the shuttles to fly them, and as such, probably won't be providing astronauts with the delivery of the spacecraft.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/dec/HQ_08-330_Shuttle_retirement.htmlWant your very own authentic space shuttle? Well, if you're part of the... more
The Space Shuttle Endeavour has touched down safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California ending it's 16 day mission to resupply the International Space Station. It was the 124th Shuttle mission the 22nd time NASA has sent Endeavor into space.
Earlier attempts to land in Florida over the past two days had to be aborted due to poor weather at Cape Canaveral.
Another first for Current... Reuters, CNN and even NASA are yet to report the landing on their homepages.The Space Shuttle Endeavour has touched down safely at Edwards Air Force Base in... more
Discovery-News.com: Kasey-Dee Gardner sits down with one of Virgin Galactic's maiden space travelers and finds out his three biggest fears about this sub-orbital spaceflight.
For more space news stories, check out http://dsc.discovery.com/spaceDiscovery-News.com: Kasey-Dee Gardner sits down with one of Virgin Galactic's... more
Discovery-News.com: New toilets, beds and a fridge are being installed in the ISS. Dave Mosher and James Williams hammer out the details.Discovery-News.com: New toilets, beds and a fridge are being installed in the ISS.... more
Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station on Sunday carrying a crew of seven astronauts with a mission to update the station’s living quarters.
The digital images will help NASA determine whether Endeavour sustained any damage during liftoff Friday night.
At least two signs of debris damage were spotted during the launch on Friday night, sparking fears that a narrow strip of thermal blanket may have been torn off.
The photographic inspections are standard for NASA since the Columbia disaster of 2003, when debris from the external tank struck the shuttle, damaging the heat shield and causing its destruction as it tried to re-enter the atmosphere. All seven crewmembers died.
Endeavor’s 15-day flight mission will include four spacewalks in order to repair joint damage on the ISS's solar arrays.
NASA crewmembers have dubbed the mission Extreme Home Improvements as the newly arrived crew is installing new quarters, with an additional bathroom and a galley.
Additional updates include two new sleeping compartments, more exercise gear and a second toilet as NASA plans to double the station's crew size as early as May.
Only 10 more shuttle flights are left before the fleet is retired in 2010.Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station on Sunday carrying... more