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Space Shuttle Discovery makes final flight to museum

Credit: Stephen Trimble/Flightglobal The Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) made its last ever flight today to its final rest home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex near Dulles Airport, Washington D.C. Read more…

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Final Space Shuttle seen launching from 737 during cruise

Chad Graff has shared these pictures showing STS-135, the final Space Shuttle mission, lifting off from Cape Canaveral, as viewed mid-flight on a Southwest service.Graff says his brother took the photos en route to Miami.Credit: @ChadGraff/Twitpic

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NASA’s wingless lifting bodies

To help develop the Space Shuttle programme, NASA built a fleet of wingless lifting bodies to study aerodynamics for controlling and landing a re-entry vehicle, depicted below. All week we’re showing images of the Space Shuttle in honour of its pending retirement, which we detail in a special report in this week’s Flight International magazine. […]

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Aerial view of Space Shuttle Discovery

Here’s an aerial view of Space Shuttle Discovery as she waits for launch to the International Space Station. After a week’s worth of aborted attempts to send the Space Shuttle Discovery on its way to the International Space Station, NASA now says the earliest it will launch is 30 November. But rescheduling a Shuttle launch […]

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Flight International 23-29 November: Space Shuttle farewell

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International looks back at the Space Shuttle in a special report as the craft nears retirement. Even before the Apollo space programme of the 1960s put a man on the Moon, a fledgling NASA was conceptualising a reusable spacecraft for manned flight. Work on the Space Shuttle began in earnest […]

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Image of the Day: Space Shuttle Balloon

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 5 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user apgphoto (Paul Dopson). Paul’s photo depicts the Aeromagic Space Shuttle-shaped balloon, which Paul photographed in July 2009 at the Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons held at Chambley in France. Paul says, “This wasthe morning when 329 balloons took off!” We’ve […]

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Discovery on launch pad for final mission

Space Shuttle Discovery has safely reached the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in anticipation of its final launch before retirement. A Terminal Countdown Demonstration dress rehearsal is scheduled for 12-15 October, before mission STS-133 lifts off on 1 November. Continue reading… (Photo: NASA)

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PICTURE & VIDEO: Shuttle Atlantis returns home after final mission

 credit: Rex Features/NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis returned to the Kennedy Space Center for the final time yesterday (26 May). Watch it touch down and the parachute being deployed from news channel Russia Today:   

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Space Shuttle Launch Pad Lightning Strike

I was hoping to have yesterday’s or today’s image be of the Space Shuttle mission STS-127 lifting off, but the launch has been delayed (following earlier delays back in June).The Saturday launch postponement was due to a lightning strike Friday evening on the launch pad.Check out this image NASA’s cameras captured of the strike: Photo […]

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