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The first X-37B following landing at Vandenberg AFB after the inaugural OTV-1 mission. Credit: USAF

America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

The US Air Force has confirmed that its X-37B spacecraft designated Orbital Test Vehicle 3 has glided back to Earth and landed at 0924 PT (1724 UTC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. "The landing of OTV-3 marks a hallmark event for the program," said the unnamed X-37B program manager in a statement. "The mission is our longest to …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2014
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Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California

Retired space shuttle Endeavour is set for a sightseeing tour of California and LA today, in a whistle-stop flyover of the state. Space shuttle Endeavour over Reliant Stadium and Astrodome The shuttle, piggybacking on its 747 jumbo-jet, will fly over the north of the state and a large part of the Los Angeles basin, buzzing …
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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

Isle of Man based space tourism firm Excalibur Almaz has said that it will be ready to rocket the rich to the Moon by 2015. The company told a space tourism conference that it was planning the first test flight of its fleet of second-hand ex Soviet capsules and space stations in 2014 and would be ready to send a well-off …
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Space shuttle Enterprise makes final voyage – to New York

Crowds of locals and tourists turned out yesterday to see space shuttle Enterprise come to her final rest at her floating museum home. Space shuttle Enterprise lands on the Intrepid museum Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls After a day's weather delay, the shuttle set out from New Jersey port on a barge, passing the Statue of …
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A year in spaaaaace: El Reg looks back on 2011

Despite budget cuts and the long-running diminishment of the glamour around space exploration, 2011 saw Russia, the US, Europe and even the UK were all plan, execute and in some cases spectacularly fail to execute missions to the stars. But the US budget cuts really made themselves felt: nowhere more poignantly than in the end …
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Pampernaut love-rat space shuttle pilot prangs plane

Former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein, famous for being the man at the centre of the romantic rivalry between troubled astronaut Lisa Nowak and air force officer Colleen Shipman - which led to the astonishing nappies, mace and car-park fracas sensation of 2007 - has suffered a mishap at the controls of a small floatplane in …
Lewis Page, 13 Oct 2011
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Columbia debris emerges from Texas lake

A drought in Texas has revealed a piece of space shuttle Columbia, destroyed on re-entry over the state on 1 February, 2003. The 40-inch spherical reactant tank emerged from the waters of Lake Nacogdoches, close to Nacogdoches in eastern Texas, where a substantial amount of Columbia debris fell following the disaster. …
Lester Haines, 3 Aug 2011
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End of an era: Atlantis hits the tarmac

Updated The US's space shuttle programme wrapped today at 09:57 GMT, as Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center. Atlantis on the tarmac shortly after landing this morning. Pic: NASA Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley, and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim became the last astronauts to fly a shuttle at …
Lester Haines, 21 Jul 2011
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'God Bless America': Atlantis prepares to return home

The cargo bay doors on space shuttle Atlantis have been closed ahead of a planned return to Kennedy Space Center this morning. The wake-up call for the emotional last day of the space shuttle programme was God Bless America, interpreted by Kate Smith and dedicated to all those who'd contributed over the last 30 years. …
Lester Haines, 21 Jul 2011
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'3-2-1 ... Good Morning Atlantis!'

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis were this morning roused by a message from employees of Kennedy Space Center, preceded by a snippet of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. The Kennedy personnel took to the tarmac to shout: "Three... two... one... Good morning, Atlantis! Kennedy salutes you. See you back at wheels …
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2011
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Atlantis crew wrap heatshield inspection

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis have wrapped an inspection of the spacecraft's thermal protection system, ahead of the veteran spaceplane's planned return to Kennedy Space Center on Thursday morning. NASA reports: "They used the 50-foot long Orbiter Boom Sensor System to conduct a high fidelity, three-dimensional scan of …
Lester Haines, 19 Jul 2011
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Atlantis undocks from station ready for Thursday landing

Space shuttle Atlantis has undocked from the International Space Station, as commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley, and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim prepare to fly the venerable vehicle into history. Atlantis "weighed anchor" from the orbiting outpost at 06:28 GMT, ahead of a scheduled landing at …
Lester Haines, 19 Jul 2011
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Atlantis bids final farewell to space station

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis have said their farewells to the residents of the International Space Station, and closed the hatches between the shuttle and the orbiting outpost for the last time. Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley, and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim were joined by ISS commander …
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2011
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NASA 'nauts wrap box-shifting duties at space station

The combined crews of space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station's Expedition 28 have wrapped the unloading of the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module. The module is now packed with 5,666 pounds (2.57 tonnes) of waste and scrap kit, and will be moved back today to the shuttle's cargo bay. Once that's done, …
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2011
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Atlantis crew pay awkward tribute to 'iconic' shuttle

The crew of Atlantis have paid a somewhat awkward tribute to their venerable vehicle, as the US prepares to bid a tearful farewell to the space shuttle programme. The STS-135 crew members were this morning spared a celebrity wake-up call, instead enjoying a cheery bonjour from workers at the Stennis Space Center in southern …
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2011
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Beyonce bigs up girls in space

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis were this morning treated to a wake-up call from Beyonce Knowles, who blasted out a snippet of Run the World (Girls) followed by a salute to women in space. She said: “Good morning, Atlantis! This is Beyonce. Sandy, Chris, Doug and Rex, you inspire all of us to dare to live our dreams, to …
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2011

Atlantis computer goes down: Fixed by 'nauts

Commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley have fixed space shuttle Atlantis' General Purpose Computer (GPC) 4, which clapped out last night requiring transfer of its duties to another of the shuttle's quintet of GPCs. The pair have reloaded software into the unit and it has "been added to the common set of GPCs and is …
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011
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Paul McCartney joins Atlantis love-in

Sir Paul McCartney joined the impressive roster of celebs greeting the crew of space shuttle Atlantis today, following Elton John and Michael Stipe's musical messages to space earlier this week. Following a blast of Good Day Sunshine, McCartney chirped: "Good morning guys! Wake up! And good luck on this, your last mission. …
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011

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